HC Deb 14 December 1948 vol 459 cc128-9W
114. Mr. Carmichael

asked the Minister of Labour if, in view of the growing unemployment in Glasgow, particularly amongst those who cannot be fitted into new industries, he will consider convening a meeting between his Department and the Glasgow Corporation with a view to discussing the type of reconstruction and repair work which could be undertaken by semi-skilled and unskilled labour and thus have many of those presently idle employed on essential work.

Mr. Isaacs

Very careful consideration has been given for a long time to the problem of unemployment in the Glasgow area. I will certainly consider with my right hon. Friends the Secretary of State for Scotland and the President of the Board of Trade what further discussions with the Glasgow Corporation might take place. My hon. Friend will appreciate that there are certain factors including a short-ace of skilled workers which limit the scope for providing suitable schemes to employ semi-skilled and unskilled workers.