§ Mrs. Castle
asked the Minister of Labour what percentage of the total employed population were directly employed in defence work, including the armed forces and production and works programmes, in each of the years 1918 to 1952, inclusive.
§ Sir W. Monckton
The proportion of the total working population which was in the forces or otherwise directly engaged on defence work in April of each year is estimated to have been approximately:
per cent. 1948 6½ 1949 6½ 1950 6½ 1951 7½ 1952 8½
Comparable figures for earlier dates are not available.