§ 14. Mr. Tony Lloyd
asked the Paymaster General what factors have determined the rise in unemployment in Greater Manchester since 1979.
§ Mr. Trippier
The principal reason for the rise in unemployment in Greater Manchester has been the decline in labour intensive, traditional industries. Lack of competitiveness due to overmanning and high labour costs contributed to this loss of jobs. Unemployment also reflects an increase in the number of people seeking work.