§ 314. Mr. DENNISON
asked the Minister of Labour if he will supply the numbers of workpeople employed in the manufacture of motor cars, motor commercial vehicles, motor cycles, and parts thereof, respectively for 1915 and the ears following, giving particulars relating to employment in the manufacture of these goods for the month of January in 1924 and 1925 separately?
§ The PARLIAMENTARY SECRETARY to the MINISTRY of LABOUR (Mr. Betterton)
There are no statistics available showing separately the number of workpeople employed in the manufacture of motor cars, motor commercial vehicles, motor cycles and parts thereof. The only available figures relate to workpeople insured against unemployment in a group of trades covering the construction and repair of motor cars, motor lorries, motor omnibuses, motor cycles, pedal cycles and aircraft. These workpeople numbered approximately 193,000 in Great Britain in July, 1923, and 201,800 in July, 1924. Comparable figures for this group of trades for years prior to 1923 are not available. The number of workpeople in this group who were recorded on the registers of Employment Exchanges in Great Britain as unemployed at 28th January, 1924, was 18,562, this being 9.6 per cent. of the total number insured.
1524 The corresponding figure for 26th January, 1925, was 15,029, or 7.4 per cent. of the total.
§ Lieut.-Commander KENWORTHY
Then there has been a reduction in unemployment of 3,000 people since the McKenna Duties were taken off.