HC Deb 02 November 1959 vol 612 cc653-5
22. Mr. Hector Hughes

asked the Minister of Labour if he will state, for each of the last ten years, the number of boys and girls who left schools in Aberdeen under his jurisdiction, indicating how many of each were absorbed into industry, and how many of each failed to find employment; and what training or other provision was made by his Department for each.

Mr. P. Thomas

Since the answer involves two tables of figures, I will, with permission, circulate it in the OFFICIAL REPORT.

Mr. Hughes

Will the Parliamentary Secretary convey this question to the new Minister of Labour, as he has such a good reputation for social service outside the House: does he realise that here is a splendid opportunity of practising those principles inside the House in order to save youth from the wastage which it has suffered during the last few years?

Following is the information: It has not been possible to provide all the figures requested, but the number of boys and girls leaving burgh and grant-aided schools in Aberdeen in each of the last ten school years is shown in the following table:—
Year* Boys Girls Total
1949–50 2,513
1950–51 2,551
1951–52 1,309 1,335 2,644
1952–53 1,245 1,294 2,539
1953–54 1,356 1,339 2,695
1954–55 1,267 1,301 2,568
1955–56 1,172 1,203 2,375
1956–57 1,185 1,235 2,420
1957–58 1,218 1,204 2,422
†1958–59 1,146 1,161 2,307
* Year ending 6th June in each case.

Except for the year 1958, about which the then Parliamentary Secretary wrote to the hon. and learned Member on 9th April last, no figures are available to show how many of these entered employment, though it is clear that the great majority found work.

The average numbers unemployed in each of the last nine years were:

Year Boys Girls Total
1951 26 20 46
1952 35 33 68
1953 31 24 55
1954 33 22 55
1955 23 16 39
1956 25 10 35
1957 32 12 44
1958 42 23 65
1959 (ten months) 45 22 67

On 12th October, 1959, the numbers of children who left school this summer and who had not yet been placed in first employment were one boy and four girls. These are included in the total of 33 boys and 16 girls who were registered as unemployed on that date.

No special training or other provision has been required

23. Mr. Hector Hughes

asked the Minister of Labour if he will state, to the latest convenient date, the number of persons, according to sex, age, and industry, unemployed and under-employed in Aberdeen and the corresponding figures for each of the last ten years; and what steps he is taking to eliminate unemployment and under-employment in Aberdeen.

Mr. Heath

I am having the required details extracted and will write to the hon. and learned Member. My local officers are doing all they can to submit the unemployed for suitable vacancies.

Mr. Hughes

Does the Minister of Labour realise that Aberdeen has suffered more unemployment during the last eight years of Tory rule? Will he consult the President of the Board of Trade and the Secretary of State for Scotland with a view to attracting new industries to Aberdeen and extending some of the industries which are there?

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