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Employment, The Hartlepools

Volume 720: debated on Thursday 18 November 1965

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asked the President of the Board of Trade how many new jobs have been made available in The Hartlepools since October, 1964; and what is the estimated provision during the year 1965–66.

Some 2,780 jobs are expected to arise from projects covered by industrial development certificates approved in the 12 months ended 31st October, 1965, but many of these jobs have still to come.

In thanking the Minister for the very encouraging information he has conveyed to the House, may I ask him to bear in mind that over 50 per cent. of the unemployed in The Hartlepools are over 40 years of age, and that we in this constituency are very concerned about the incidence and consequences of port redevelopment? We have a considerably large number of unemployed in The Hartlepools compared with the national average. For these reasons would he assure the House of his continuing interest—

I can assure my hon. Friend that all these matters are being taken into consideration, and I can assure him that my right hon. Friend and I will not cease to do good for The Hartlepools till the level of unemployment there is below 1 per cent.