HC Deb 29 November 1945 vol 416 cc1533-4
59. Mr. Sidney Shephard

asked the Minister of Labour if he will state the number of operatives in the woollen and worsted industry who left the industry in the period from the end of June to the end of September, 1945.

Mr. Isaacs

During the period in question there was a net increase of 1,700 in the number of operatives in the industry. I regret that information is not available as to the numbers who left the industry in that period.

Mr. Shephard

Could the Minister say what special step he is taking to augment the labour force in this industry, which is a conversion industry, upon which other industries employing thousands of workers depend for supply?

Mr. Isaacs

We are using all the powers available to the Ministry, but if the hon. Member will put down a question I will let him know if special steps can be taken.

Mr. Walter Fletcher

Will the Minister accelerate the initial impulse?