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West Yorkshire

Volume 19: debated on Tuesday 2 March 1982

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asked the Secretary of State for Employment what steps he is taking to reduce unemployment in West Yorkshire in the light of the current unemployment levels in that area.

The Government's policies are aimed at developing a soundly based economy, which means, among other things, bringing inflation steadily down. As inflation is reduced, and productivity continues to improve, British firms will become more competitive and so be in a position to offer goods and services at home and abroad which people want to buy at prices they are prepared to pay. This is the only way to create the new and secure jobs which we all seek, both in West Yorkshire and throughout the country. There is no alternative to these policies, least of all in a period of world recession.Meanwhile, as we progress towards our objectives, West Yorkshire will continue to benefit from the Government's programme of special employment measures. Some 11,200 people in West Yorkshire are currently benefiting from the job release scheme, community industry, the temporary short time working compensation scheme and the community enterprise programme. Since April 1981, over 14,000 people have entered the youth opportunities programme.