HC Deb 18 July 1950 vol 477 cc2027-8
37. Mr. Manuel

asked the Minister of Labour if he will state the extent of present unemployment or short-time in the shipbuilding industry in Scotland.

Mr. Isaacs

On 12th June, the latest date for which figures are available, 3,292 workers whose last employment was in the shipbuilding and ship-repairing industry were registered as unemployed in Scotland, including 231 who were only temporarily stopped from their employment. Statistics are not available of the number of workpeople on short-time but not registered as unemployed.

Mr. Manuel

Would my right hon. Friend consider consulting with the President of the Board of Trade with a view to providing alternative employment where unemployment has arisen in the shipbuilding yards, in order to avoid the unemployment we had in the years before the war?

Mr. Isaacs

As has been previously reported to the House, these negotiations with the President of the Board of Trade are and have been continuing, and efforts are made to attract heavy industry into these areas. We can get light industries, but what are required are heavy industries.

Mr. Hector Hughes

As the right hon. Gentleman has the figures for the various districts of Scotland, can he say how many relate to the city of Aberdeen?

Mr. Isaacs

I am not the memory man. If the hon. and learned Gentleman puts that Question down I will give an answer.

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