HC Deb 07 December 1954 vol 535 c784
61. Mr. Sorensen

asked the Minister of Labour what statistics are kept by his Department showing the nationality of applicants at employment exchanges.

Mr. Watkinson

My Department keeps no statistics of this kind.

Mr. Sorensen

Will the hon. Gentleman look at the matter again, especially as it might prove enlightening with regard to many social problems? Will he consider it again with a view to securing these statistics?

Mr. Watkinson

We are in the hands of the House in this matter. We have not kept these statistics—as I have explained on a previous occasion—because we do not differentiate between coloured workers and others in the work of the employment exchanges. On the other hand, it would be possible—although I cannot commit myself—to take a special count if it were felt that the information were necessary at the moment.