HC Deb 24 February 1960 vol 618 cc342-3
3. Mr. Hector Hughes

asked the Minister of Labour if he is aware of the further dismissals of workers during the last four weeks from engineering works in the City of Aberdeen, thereby increasing the number of unemployed persons in that City; if he will state the number, ages, sex and previous employment of the persons now unemployed in the City of Aberdeen, and the numbers, ages, sex and previous employment of persons obliged to leave Aberdeen during the last four weeks in order to seek work in England and in the South of Scotland; and what efforts he is making to stem this drift south.

Mr. Heath

I am aware that 29 men were discharged as redundant from engineering works in Aberdeen during the four weeks ended 15th February, and that 16 of these men are still unemployed. The answer to the second part of the Question consists of a table, which I am circulating in the OFFICIAL REPORT. I regret that information asked for in the third part of the Question is not readily available, but 97 men from Aberdeen were placed in employment in districts south of Aberdeen in the five weeks ended 10th February. The area is included in the list of development districts announced by my right hon. Friend the President of the Board of Trade on 9th February.

Mr. Hughes

Does the Minister realise that the efforts which have so far been undertaken have not resulted in stopping workers from Aberdeen drifting south? Will he consult his colleagues in the Cabinet with a view to devising more effective methods of attracting industry to Aberdeen and stopping the drift of workers to the south?

Men Boys Women Girls Total
Agriculture and Horticulture 160 2 17 179
Fishing 184 1 185
Bacon Curing, Meat and Fish Products 96 5 80 3 184
Engineering and Electrical Goods 80 7 87
Shipbuilding and Ship-repairing 158 2 160
Bricks, Pottery, Glass, Cement, etc. 65 1 66
Timber 79 4 6 1 90
Wooden Containers and Baskets 61 2 63
Construction 787 2 10 799
Road Passenger Transport 35 7 42
Sea Transport 122 6 2 130
Postal Services and Telecommunications 35 9 44
Distributive Trades 381 7 258 8 654
Catering, Hotels, etc. 139 1 94 1 235
National Government Service 41 9 50
Local Government Service 148 17 165
Other Industries and Services 870 7 371 11 1,259
TOTAL 3,441 35 892 24 4,392
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