HC Deb 09 July 1958 vol 591 c380
22. Mr. Lipton

asked the Minister of Labour how many persons were unemployed in the London area at the latest available date, and at the same date last year.

Mr. Iain Macleod

The figure was 54,322 at 16th June, compared with 32,526 at 17th June, 1957.

Mr. Lipton

While the Minister can say that the position is worse in other parts of the country or the percentage there is higher, would not he agree that, although there has been an improvement this month compared with last month, the unemployment figures in London are higher at present than they have been for a long time in a comparable month of the year? What will he do about it?

Mr. Macleod

The hon. Gentleman has given the answer to his own question very well.