§ 47. Mr. Bossom
asked the Minister of Labour how many operatives in the building trade were unemployed on the last date for which he has statistics.
§ Mr. Bossom
Can the Minister say if the total number of unemployed in the building industry is as great as it was when the Government took office?
§ Mr. Isaacs
From June, 1947, to December, 1947, there was a fluctuation —we use this term to mean men going in and out of jobs—of between 13,000 and 21,000 per month. The average has been about the same.
§ Mr. George Hicks
Is my right hon. Friend aware that the Minister of Works has taken the price control off bricks, and that there is a quantity of timber available? Will he have a chat with the Minister of Health, with a view to enlarging the building programme?
§ Major Bruce
Can my right hon. Friend say how many vacancies there were on the date he has just given to the hon. Member for Maidstone (Mr. Bossom)?