HC Deb 15 June 1954 vol 528 cc1743-4
64. Mr. P. Morris

asked the Minister of Labour if he is aware of the increasing short time working and threatened unemployment in the foundry trade in South Wales; and what steps are being taken to prevent further deterioration in the position.

Mr. Watkinson

I am aware that, as a result largely of a decline in orders, a certain amount of short time is being worked in foundries in South Wales. I am glad to note, however, that there has been substantial improvement in recent weeks in one of the foundries mainly affected. I can assure the hon. Member that my Department will do everything possible to find suitable employment for any workers who become redundant, and that the employment position in South Wales will continue to be most carefully watched in consultation with the other Departments concerned.

Mr. Morris

Is the hon. Gentleman aware that the constant fear of redundancy is the cause of this Question and that if he can persuade the Minister and the Minister for Welsh Affairs to make known the recommendations of the Lloyd Committee fears of this kind may be alleviated, at least in part?

Mr. Watkinson

I will certainly bring that to the notice of my right hon. and learned Friend.