HC Deb 19 March 1936 vol 310 cc631-2W

asked the Minister of Labour whether he can state the number of persons in the building trades that are unemployed at present; and the number in each trade, respectively?

Lieut.-Colonel MUIRHEAD

The total number of insured persons, aged 14–64 years, in the building industry, recorded as unemployed in Great Britain at 24th February, 1936, was 192,682, of whom 182,394 were men aged 21–64 years, 9,874 were youths and boys aged under 21 years, and 414 were woman and girls. The occupations of the unemployed men, aged 21–64 years, were as follow:

Occupation. Number.
Carpenters 16,189
Bricklayers 6,472
Masons 3,564
Slaters and Tilers 1,490
Plasterers 3,376
Painters 36,510
Plumbers 3,797
Labourers to above and Builders' Labourers 44,490
Navvies, etc., and General Labourers 34,123
All other occupations 32,383
Total, aged 21–64 years 182,394