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Bishop Auckland

Volume 655: debated on Thursday 15 March 1962

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asked the President of the Board of Trade how much his Department has now spent in the Bishop Auckland constituency as a result of the passing of the Local Employment Act; and how many new jobs have been created thereby.

I can give the information only for the Bishop Auckland development district, which goes rather wider than the constituency. The Board have offered assistance to the value of about £525,000 to provide about 900 jobs for the district.

When the right hon. Gentleman answered Question No. 13 today he said that his aim was to bring work to the unemployed. Why does not he translate that principle into practice in West Durham? He told my hon. Friend the Member for Durham, North-West (Mr. Ainsley) that his constituents could find jobs in my constituency and on the same day in answer to a similar Question by myself the right hon. Gentleman said that my constituents could find jobs in Newton Aycliffe. Why does not he build advance factories at Crook, Willington and Bishop Auckland?

I think it a very good thing that there should be a reasonable movement of labour between regions and districts, and this we take into account in formulating our development plans.