§ 38. Mr. Hugh Fraser
asked the Minister of Labour whether he will now include 24 in his quarterly figures of those in part-time employment, male as well as female workers, in manufacturing, and widen the survey to include both sexes partly employed in all industries and professions.
§ Mr. Gunter
No, Sir. The number of part-time male workers in manufacturing industries is not significant. Information about part-time employment in industries and professions as a whole is available from the Censuses of Population. Annual estimates are also obtainable from the Family Expenditure Survey, and are to be made more comprehensive in future. I am satisfied that the cost of extending the quarterly survey as suggested would not be justified.
§ 39. Mr. Hugh Fraser
asked the Minister of Labour whether he will estimate how many of the 2,066,000 persons last recorded as being in part-time employment have now ceased to be employed.
§ Mrs. Shirley Williams
It is not possible to make such an estimate. A more recent figure for part-time employment will become available next year from the 1966 Census of Population.
§ Mr. Fraser
Would not the hon. Lady agree that this is a figure which comes out only once every five years in the Census and that we should do something to make it more relative and more accurate over a shorter period? Surely something can be done to this effect.
§ Mrs. Williams
We have one other guide. The right hon. Gentleman might be interested to know that the number of registered unemployed people seeking part-time work this month was practically identical with the number in October, 1965.
§ Mr. Whitaker
Could my hon. Friend provide figures showing how many directors are part-time employed or unemployed?
§ Mr. Braine
Bearing in mind the fact that unemployment among the registered disabled was higher than the national average before the Government's measures, which have brought about a considerable increase in unemployment, 25 can she say how many unemployed part-time workers are disabled? If she does not know, can she find out?