§ Mr. Patrick Maitland
asked the Minister of Labour how far he has evidence of any unemployment among building labourers and apprentices in or near Glasgow; and what is the cause when building demands are high.
§ Sir W. Monckton
On 12th May, 1952, there were registered at 16 employment exchanges in and around Glasgow 1,152 labourers whose last employment was in building or civil engineering. Only about 20 per cent. of these were regular building trade workers; the remainder have had short spells of employment on building work and are available for any kind of general labouring work. The demand for building labourers is at present not very high but the numbers unemployed have recently been falling and are less than half what they were three months previously. I have no evidence of any unemployment amongst apprentices.