§ 35. Mr. Hector Hughes
asked the Minister of Labour how many persons were unemployed in the City and County of Aberdeen at the latest date, according to trade, industry and sex; what steps he has taken during the last month to reduce those numbers; and how those figures compare with the unemployment figures in the same areas during each of the last 10 years.
§ Mr. Whitelaw
The reply to the first and last parts of the Question consists of tables of figures and I will, with permission, circulate them in the OFFICIAL REPORT. The tables contain an analysis by industry and sex for February, 1963, and, for the earlier years, unemployment figures by sexes only. The analysis by industry is not readily available for previous years and I regret that it would involve a disproportionate amount of staff time to prepare.
Our local officers have continued their efforts to find employment for the workers who are registered.
§ Mr. Hughes
Does the hon. Gentleman realise that that is a very uninformative Answer and that he is therefore escaping the opportunity of my putting a supplementary question? Is he further aware that the figures are shocking and represent a terrible waste of human life? Will he consult the President of the Board of Trade and other Ministers with a view to finding some solution to this terrible problem in the north-east of Scotland, not the north-east of England?
§ Mr. Whitelaw
It was in order to give the hon. and learned Gentleman the maximum information that I adopted the method I did. It does not seem to have inhibited him in any way from asking a supplementary question. I note what he has said, as will my right hon. Friend the President of the Board of Trade.
§ Mr. Manuel
Can the hon. Gentleman tell us the number of draftsmen included in these figures for the shipbuilding industry? These men are valuable workers. What steps is the hon. Gentleman's 1351 Department taking to see that they are employed to the benefit not only of the north-east of Scotland but to the rest of Britain?
|INDUSTRIAL ANALYSIS OF THE NUMBER OF PERSONS REGISTERED AS UNEMPLOYED AT EMPLOYMENT EXCHANGES AND YOUTH EMPLOYMENT OFFICES IN ABERDEEN AND THE REST OF ABERDEENSHIRE 11TH FEBRUARY, 1963|
|Industry||Aberdeen||Aberdeen County (excluding Aberdeen)|
|Agriculture and Horticulture||…||151||17||168||300||17||317|
|Bacon curing, meat and fish products||…||88||49||137||132||123||255|
|Shipbuilding and ship repairing||405||3||408||26||1||27|
|Spinning and Doubling of cotton flax and man-made fibres||…||25||31||56||—||1||1|
|Bricks, Pottery, Glass, Cement, etc.||…||95||1||96||16||—||16|
|Entertainment and Sport||…||63||16||79||4||3||7|
|Catering, Hotels, etc.||…||133||92||225||22||25||47|
|Private domestic service||…||12||34||46||6||57||63|
|Local Government Service||…||196||23||219||25||1||26|
|Other Industries and Services||…||924||336||1,260||296||166||462|
|Total, all Industries and Services||…||3,704||848||4,552||1,894||477||2,371|
|NUMBER OF PERSONS REGISTERED AS UNEMPLOYED AT EMPLOYMENT EXCHANGES AND YOUTH EMPLOYMENT OFFICES IN ABERDEEN AND THE REST OF ABERDEENSHIRE AT THE UNDERMENTIONED DATES|
|Date||Aberdeen||Aberdeen County (excluding Aberdeen)|
|12th February, 1962||…||…||2,651||700||3,351||1,859||442||2,301|
|13th February, 1961||…||…||2,623||671||3,294||1,019||402||1,421|
|15th February, 1960||…||…||3,476||916||4,392||2,259||606||2,865|
|9th February, 1959||…||…||3,807||1,066||4,873||775||40||815|
|17th February, 1958||…||…||3,350||895||4,245||1,013||35||1,048|
|11th February, 1957||…||…||2,849||855||3,704||90||48||138|
|13th February, 1956||…||…||2,570||618||3,188||843||45||888|
|14th February, 1955||…||…||2,163||825||2,988||515||37||552|
|15th February, 1954||…||…||2,382||833||3,215||308||28||336|
|16th February, 1953||…||…||2,637||904||3,541||240||104||344|
|11th February, 1952||…||…||2,326||698||3,024||504||21||525|