§ 94. Mr. Ellis Smith
asked the Minister of Labour if he is aware of the urgent need for manpower in the Stoke-on-Trent coal industry which will continue during the next five years; and what action has been or will be taken.
Yes. This area is particularly difficult. The opportunities of coal-mining employment in the Stoke-on-Trent district are brought to the notice of all suitable applicants at the Ministry's local offices in the neighbourhood and in the south of England. In addition, publicity is given by posters, cinema slides and advertisements in the local Press. Special steps are proposed for overcoming the shortage of houses for miners.
§ Mr. Edward Davies
asked the Minister of Labour what number of men and women are unemployed in Stoke-on-Trent; how many have been out of work 6 and 12 months, respectively; and what proportion are disabled persons.
The numbers of unemployed persons on the registers of employment exchanges in Stoke-on-Trent at 21st May were 490 males and 82 females, of whom 248 and 17, respectively, were registered under the Disabled Persons (Employment) Act. The figures exclude severely disabled persons who are unlikely to obtain work other than under special conditions. The latest date for which an analysis according to duration of unemployment is available is 12th March, when the figures for Stoke-on-Trent were as follows:
— Males Females 1. Total number of unemployed persons on the registers 595 70 2. Number (included in item 1)who had been unemployed for six to twelve months 55 4 3. Number (included in item 1) who had been unemployed for more than 12 months 86 1