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Wigan (Industry)

Volume 827: debated on Monday 6 December 1971

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asked the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, in view of closures of factories in the Wigan area, what plans he has to bring new industries there.

I am glad to note that there has been a small fall in the unemployment rate in Wigan over the last two to three months. I am confident that Wigan will share in the faster economic growth and greater employment which the Government's policies are designed to achieve.

Yes, indeed. But is the Minister aware of the continuing contraction of the textile and engineering industries in Wigan? Cannot we have a more hopeful reply?

I can conceive of little more hopeful than the clear affirmation of the Government's determination to see that their policy leads to higher employment.