HC Deb 27 June 1939 vol 349 cc224-5W
Mr. T. Henderson

asked the Minister of Labour whether he can state the number of building trade operatives registering as unemployed in each month from April, 1938, till May, 1939, in Scotland?

Mr. E. Brown

The table below shows the numbers of insured males in the building industry recorded as unemployed at Employment Exchanges in Scotland at one day in each month from April, 1938, to May, 1939:

tween Glasgow or Ardrossa and Deny; whether he is aware that steamers carrying passengers on this route are generally overcrowded, no sleeping accommodation and in a filthy state; and whether his inspectors will examine these steamers very carefully during the present holiday period and urge that every precaution and protection of passengers should be enforced?

Mr. Stanley

I am informed that there is at present no service between Ardrossan and Londonderry, and that the service between Glasgow and Greenock and Londonderry is being maintained by three steamers belonging to the Burns and Laird Line, Limited. I have no evidence that these steamers carry more than their authorised complements of passengers. Sleeping accommodation is provided for a limited number of passengers and ample seating accommodation for the remainder. The vessels are regularly inspected, and especially before the holiday periods, by Board of Trade surveyors who verify, among other things, that the passenger accommodation is clean and suitable for the purpose.