HC Deb 20 January 1949 vol 460 cc45-6W
50. Mr. Scott-Elliot

asked the Minister of Labour whether he is aware that there

those for 1935 and 1940. The following table, however, gives such figures as are available:

is a shortage of labour in firms engaged in the manufacture of heavy electrical plant; and what steps he is taking to deal with the situation.

Mr. Isaacs

I am aware of the shortage. It is due partly to the scarcity of certain grades of skilled labour and partly to the lack of accommodation in districts where the labour is needed. The industry is receiving first preference and in the 11 months ended 24th November 6,562 preference vacancies in the heavy electrical plant firms were filled and 646 remained outstanding.