HC Deb 10 July 1967 vol 750 c87
34. Mr. Scott

asked the Minister of Labour what was the total number of vacancies in central and local government service in April, 1967, and April, 1963.

Mr. Gunter

the numbers notified to my Department were 13,814 and 8,068, respectively. These represent notified vacancies remaining unfilled in Order XXIV of the Standard Industrial Classification only and do not purport to measure all vacancies in central and local government service.

Mr. Scott

As the numbers employed since right hon. Members opposite took office have risen by over 200,000, and as this great increase in the number of vacancies shows that there is an absolutely insatiable demand in this sector, should we not have a shake-out here rather than from the growth industries?

Mr. Gunter

That is always a very popular doctrine until hon. Members opposite want some great social improvement, improved local government services and a host of other things. Then the price has to be paid.

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