HC Deb 14 April 1953 vol 514 cc7-8
6. Mr. Hayman

asked the Minister of Labour how many persons employed in the pilchard canning factories of Cornwall and Plymouth are unemployed; and what are their prospects of early re-employment.

Mr. Watkinson

Fifty-six persons last employed in canning factories in these areas are registered as unemployed. The season for canning pilchards is closing and further employment in this industry will not be available until the autumn. I hope that alternative employment will be available shortly in the holiday trades.

Mr. Hayman

Will the Minister bear in mind that his answer will cause consternation in Cornwall and Plymouth, because of the eight canning factories six have already ceased operations and two are considering the position? According to the season, 80 to 500 people are employed in the canning industry. Would the Minister consider the matter and ask his colleagues in the Cabinet to do the same, so as to help this important industry?

Mr. Watkinson

We shall certainly have a look at the problem again, but at the moment the amount of unemployment arising is not very serious, as I think the hon. Gentleman would agree.

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