HC Deb 29 July 1952 vol 504 cc94-5W
46. Mr. F. Willey

asked the President of the Board of Trade what factors have caused the further redundancy of men and boys in North Eastern Trading Estate factories in Sunderland; and when he anticipates this trend will be reversed, and increased numbers of men and boys employed at these factories.

Mr. H. Strauss

The total numbers employed in factories at Sunderland administered by the North Eastern Trading Estate Company rose by 29 between the end of March and the end of May this year, but there was a fall of 32 in male employment. The main cause of this fall was a change in the tenancy of one factory, but the new tenants are likely to employ a greater number than the number by which employment thus fell.

Mr. J. Hall

asked the President of the Board of Trade what number of persons, men and women, respectively, were employed in the Gateshead Team Valley Trading Estate on the latest available date; and the number on the corresponding date in the year previous.

Mr. P. Thomeycroft

On 25th May, 1952, the latest date for which official statistics are available, 6,066 men and 6,019 women, making a total of 12,085, were employed in factories on the Estate. Official figures are not available for May of last year but the corresponding figures for 30th June, 1951, were 5,718 men and 5,938 women, making a total of 11,656.