HC Deb 18 July 1950 vol 477 c2025
33. Mr. Bevins

asked the Minister of Labour how many bricklayers were unemployed in Liverpool during the first week in July.

The Minister of Labour (Mr. Isaacs)

On 12th June, the latest date for which figures are available, 50 men with some experience of bricklaying in the Liverpool area were registered as unemployed. Few of these men are, however, fully skilled craftsmen, and acceptable as such to employers.

Mr. Bevins

In view of the shortage of bricklayers in Liverpool and the extent of large-scale unemployment, would the right hon. Gentleman consider an adult training scheme for bricklayers?

Mr. Isaacs

Wherever training is necessary, we have endeavoured to follow it up, but in this instance the trouble is that so many people with a smattering of knowledge go and register themselves as bricklayers, and it is not until they go to an employer and get rejected that we find out the trouble.