HC Deb 18 May 1950 vol 475 cc1362-3
1. Mr. Keenan

asked the Minister of Labour how many bricklayers were unemployed and reporting to the Liverpool employment exchanges on 13th February, 13th March and 17th April last; how many were signing for less than six days; and how many signed for over six days in the respective periods.

The Minister of Labour (Mr. Isaacs)

The figures for the three dates were 76, 49 and 41, respectively but most of these are not fully skilled bricklayers qualified for the full range of that trade. An analysis of these figures by length of unemployment is not available.

Mr. Keenan

Will my right hon. Friend ask his Liverpool office why, when there is this large number of bricklayers unemployed, contractors are complaining that they cannot get bricklayers?

Mr. Isaacs

Some of the contractors in the trade will not accept these men because they are not fully skilled. We will do our best to see that the men have an opportunity to bring themselves up to a more skilled capacity.

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