HC Deb 27 April 1948 vol 450 c186
11. Sir William Darling

asked the Minister of Labour what were the five major classifications of unemployed men in Scotland; and what was the total of unemployed males at the last convenient date.

Mr. Isaacs

As the reply contains a number of figures, I will, with permission, circulate it in the OFFICIAL REPORT.

Sir W. Darling

I have some slight prevision of what the figures will be. Cannot the right hon. Gentleman supplement the observation made by the Minister of National Insurance, who asserted that the Government were securing a policy of full-time employment? I want to know whether they are securing full-time employment for 50,000 people in Scotland.

Mr. Isaacs

The Government are securing full employment for a far greater number of persons than has been known in this country hitherto.

Following is the reply:

Among men aged 18 years and over registered as wholly unemployed in Scotland at 15th March, the largest numbers were in the following occupational groups: General labourers, 19,816; Seamen and fishermen, 2,158; Motor vehicle drivers, conductors, etc., 2,082; Engineers, metal machinists, mechanics, etc., 1,917; Clerks, etc., 1,502.

The total number of males registered as wholly unemployed in Scotland at that date was 40,649.