§ Mr. Will Owen
asked the Minister of Labour if he is aware of the growth in unemployment in Ashington and Morpeth in Northumberland, the position 364W towards the end of the year being 3 per cent. and 2.6 per cent., respectively; and what steps he will take.
§ Mr. Gunter
I am aware of the position. My local officers are doing all they can to help those unemployed to find other work and to provide training facilities where appropriate. As my hon. Friend knows Ashington and Morpeth are eligible for various forms of assistance as part of the Northern Development Area.