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Volume 978: debated on Wednesday 6 February 1980

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asked the Secretary of State for Scotland what measures he proposes to take to curb the rising unemployment figures for Scotland.

We have already stated clearly our policies for tackling the severe unemployment problem which we inherited. These are to reduce inflation by sound economic and monetary measures, and to establish a securely based economy in which industry in Scotland, as in the rest of the United Kingdom, can expand and provide more jobs.


asked the Secretary of State for Scotland when he expects next to discuss unemployment with the Scottish Trade Union Congress.

I refer my hon. Friend to the answer I gave earlier to the hon. Member for Glasgow, Cathcart (Mr. Maxton).


asked the Secretary of State for Scotland if he will make a statement on the latest unemployment figures for the Strathclyde region.

On 10 January 117,800 people were registered as unemployed in Strathclyde region, representing an unemployment rate of 10ยท8 per cent. This figure is disappointingly high, but reflects the particular problems of the area which the Government's policies are designed to help overcome.