HC Deb 03 December 1958 vol 596 c1180
28. Sir T. Moore

asked the Minister of Labour if he is aware of the persistent and growing redundancy at Scottish Aviation Limited, Prestwick Airport; and what plans he has to deal with this situation.

Mr. Wood

Yes, Sir. My local officers will register before their discharge all who need help in finding other work, and will do everything possible to submit them to vacancies.

Sir T. Moore

Is my hon. Friend aware that these are skilled men who have been accustomed to doing this kind of work, and that they want badly to secure work for which they are equipped, rather than to be directed to some other job and perhaps lost to the industry for all time?

Mr. Wood

Of about 180 who were discharged last September, only 56 are still unemployed. The others are either known to have work or thought to have been offered employment.

Mr. C. Pannell

Is the Minister aware that of the 70 Questions to the Minister of Labour which are on the Order Paper today only four are from hon. Gentlemen behind him, and that those four are all about redundancy? Does not he think, in view of the fact that we will not get through all the Questions today, that it is about time that the Minister of Labour, in the worsening industrial situation, had two days allocated in which to answer Questions on unemployment?

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