HC Deb 18 January 1949 vol 460 c8
15. Mr. Swingler

asked the Minister of Labour if he will make a statement on the results of the campaigns to recruit more workers for the coalmining, textile and agricultural industries during 1948; and what further steps he is considering for the year 1949.

Mr. Isaacs

The labour forces of these industries showed the following net increases in 1948 after the replacement of wastage: Coalmining, 8,000; Textiles, 32,000 (to end-November); Agriculture, 42,000 (to end-November). The measures taken in 1948 will be continued this year.

Mr. John Lewis

Can the Minister say why there has not been a greater increase in the number of people who have gone into the textile mills; can he give some reason for it and say whether, in his view, it is due to lack of incentive or to difficulties regarding the methods employed in recruiting?

Mr. Isaacs

That is completely foreign to the Question itself. If my hon. Friend will put that question down, I will try to reply to it.

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