HC Deb 08 July 1937 vol 326 cc580-1W
Mr. T. Morris

asked the Minister of Health whether he will state the number of midwifery schemes which have been submitted to him for any of the districts in Wales; and which of these schemes he has sanctioned?

Sir K. Wood

Proposals under Section of the Midwives Act, 1936, for a service of salaried midwives have been submitted by all the Local Supervising Authorities in Wales, numbering 19. My formal sanction is not required to these proposals, but in three cases I have already informed the authorities that in my opinion their proposals are satisfactory, and in these and other cases the authorities are proceeding to put the proposals into operation. In some cases I am still in communication with the authorities regarding particular points affecting their proposals.

1930. 1935.
Quantity. Value Quantity. Value.
Th. cwts. £'000. Th. cwts. £'000.
Preserved meat and fish 613 6,447 641 5,787
Preserved vegetables (including pickles, sauces and condiments (excluding table salt. 1,260 5,268 2,567 6,559
Preserved fruit (including marmalade, jams and fruit jellies). 3,968 9,758 4,302 8,942

Firms making their returns on schedules for the preserved foods trade and employing more than 10 persons possessed 350 establishments in 1930 and 419 in 1935. These firms were engaged in the manufacture of a much wider range of products than those mentioned above, but they did not manufacture the whole of the above output.

According to the information collected for the purpose of the Surveys of Industrial Development, the number of new factories employing 25 or more persons set up in Great Britain during the years 1932 to 1936 for the production of canned or preserved food was 25, of which four are in Greater London, five in the South and South-West Region, 10 in the Eastern Counties, and one is in a Special Area, namely, Tyneside.