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Volume 655: debated on Monday 12 March 1962

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asked the Minister of Labour what is the Tate of unemployment in Tees-side; how this compares with the national average; and what are the Government's plans for dealing with redundancy for Tees-side.

At 12th February, 4·7 per cent., compared with 2·0 per cent. in Great Britain as a whole. The employment position should improve as soon as demand for iron and steel recovers. There are also over 3,000 new jobs in prospect on Tees-side.