HC Deb 10 July 1967 vol 750 c77
23. Mr. Ridley

asked the Minister of Labour what has been the increase in the numbers employed in the gas, electricity and water industries between July, 1966, and the latest convenient date.

Mr. Hattersley

It is provisionally estimated that between July, 1966, and April, 1967, there was an increase of about 4,000.

Mr. Ridley

Is the hon. Member aware that this is the only group of trades in which the numbers in employment appear to have risen in this period? What sort of shake-out is it when people are shaken out from exporting industries into non-exporting nationalised concerns?

Mr. Hattersley

I am bewildered by the apparent assumption of the hon. Member that the production of gas, electricity, and coal, and the provision of water supplies, does not make a contribution to exports.