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County Durham

Volume 19: debated on Tuesday 2 March 1982

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38.

asked the Secretary of State for Employment what action he is taking to reduce unemployment in County Durham.

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 he 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 County Durham and throughout the country. There is no alternative to these policies, least of all in a world recession.Meanwhile, as we progress towards our objectives, County Durham will continue to benefit from the Government's programme of special employment measures. Some 1,930 people in County Durham are currently benefiting from the job release scheme, community industry, the temporary short time working compensation scheme and the community enterprise programme. And since April 1981 over 9,800 young people have entered the youth opportunities programme.