HC Deb 21 May 1957 vol 570 c1028
40. Mr. Hunter

asked the Minister of Labour what was the number of persons unemployed in the radio industry at the latest convenient date.

The Parliamentary Secretary to the Ministry of Labour and National Service (Mr. Robert Carr)

At 15th April, 1957, the total numbers unemployed were 1,374 in the wireless apparatus and gramophones industry and 399 in the wireless valves and electric lamps industry.

Mr. Hunter

In view of the financial merger between E. M. I. and the Ferguson Radio Company, and the redundancy shortly to be caused in south-west Middlesex, will the Minister keep the radio industry under constant review?

Mr. Carr

My right hon. Friend will certainly do that. It is encouraging to know that the number of unemployed in this industry is about 750 less in total than it was at the corresponding time last year.