HC Deb 18 March 1952 vol 497 cc2085-6
26. Mr. S. P. Viant

asked the Minister of Labour the number of men and women registering as unemployed at the Willesden employment exchange at the latest practicable date; and if he has any knowledge of the number employed for part-time owing to lack of material.

Sir W. Monckton

Five hundred and thirty-two males and 177 females at 11th February. I regret that statistics of the numbers on short-time owing to lack of materials are not available, but the total numbers registered as temporarily stopped included in the foregoing figures were nine males and nine females.

Mr. Hargreaves

Is the Minister aware that taking the figures on a Monday of those temporarily stopped ignores the fact that most of the short-time working occurs at the week-ends? Will he bring that fact to bear on the general consideration of the whole of this matter of temporarily stopped workers?

Sir W. Monckton

I will go into the question of whether taking a Monday is satisfactory for the purpose which the hon. Member has in mind.

Mr. Spencer Summers

Is there any significance in the fact that the question asks about men and women and the right hon. Gentleman's reply refers to males and females?