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Wales (Employment Prospects)

Volume 885: debated on Wednesday 29 January 1975

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asked the Secretary of State for Industry if he will now publish all the correspondence relating to the three European Commission studies concerning redundant steel workers and mine workers in South Wales.

I assume the three studies to which my hon. Friend refers are:

  • (a) A project put forward by Professor George of the University College, Cardiff, for a study of the employment problems in South Wales;
  • (b) A study of the effectiveness of measures to assist redundant steelworkers; proposed by the British Steel Corporation; and
  • (c) A study of the effects on the local labour market of moving a Government office to South Wales; proposed by the Department of Employment.
  • Only two of these studies, (

    a) and ( b), are the concern of my Department. Both projects were suggested by my officials in discussions with officials of the EEC as studies which might be jointly sponsored. There has been no correspondence between my Department and the Commission on these particular studies. I have already published my letter to the Wales TUC concerning Professor George's project.