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West Midlands

Volume 892: debated on Monday 12 May 1975

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asked the Secretary of State for Employment if he will make an estimate of the percentage of current unemployment in the West Midlands area attributable to the failure of the private sector to invest adequately; and if he will make a statement.

I have been asked to reply.On a seasonally adjusted basis the current rate of unemployment in the West Midlands is 3ยท1 per cent. compared with 33 per cent. for Great Britain as a whole. Lack of adequate investment in the private sector is certaintly one of the factors responsible for this rate of unemployment which, both nationally and in the region, is much too high.