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Employment (Bridgend)

Volume 990: debated on Thursday 7 August 1980

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asked the Secretary of State for Wales, further to his reply to the hon. Member for Ogmore, Official Report, 28 July, c. 1029, whether he expects that the 4,500 unemployed persons in Bridgend will have to wait for at least two years until the factories to which he referred are built before jobs are available for them.

No. Some 500 of these are students who are expected to return to full-time education in the autumn, and as I said on 28 July—[Vol. 989, c. 1029]—there are already 2,400 manufacturing jobs in the pipeline in the Port Talbot travel-to-work area. In addition, many of the factories that the WDA has planned for the area will be completed in much less than two years.