asked the Minister of Labour what action he is taking to provide alternative employment for the 180 women and girls made redundant by the pending closure of the Phoenix Telephone Works, Stockton-on-Tees.
I understand that between 120 and 130 female workers will become redundant when the works closes on 21st July. Alternative employment is not immediately available in Stockton, but there are suitable vacancies within daily travelling distance. 20 women have already been accepted for employment by a firm in Middlesbrough, which is prepared to take up to 50. There is also work available in Darlington, for which special transport is provided.None of the remaining employees concerned has so far registered with the employment exchange for alternative employment, but my local officers will do all they can to give help to any who seek it.