§ Mr. Patrick Maitland
asked the Minister of Labour the numbers of persons registered as unemployed in the county of Lanark each month since January, 1952, to the last convenient date; and the volume of surplus labour within easy reach of East Kilbride each month since January, 1952.
§ Mr. Watkinson
In view of the work involved in compiling the statistics asked for, I hope my hon. Friend will accept the figures for alternate months. Following are the numbers registered as unem-
Situation of Houses Date of Tender Construction Cost per House Type of House £ Orkney County: Stromness … … … November, 1951 Brick (Hall Cottage) 1,991 4-apartment cottages March, 1953 Brick (Dunedin space-saving) 1,862 3-apartment cottages Kirkwall … … … February, 1952 Stone 1,980–1,982 3-apartment cottages, flat and terraced houses. Zetland County: Landward area (various sites) February, 1952 Concrete blocks 2,367–2,709 4-apartment cottages
NOTES: (i) The table relates to prices approved in 1952 and 1953. (ii) The prices are initial tender prices and do not allow for the cost of abnormal under-building or any special site conditions. (iii) No prices were approved during the period for timber houses. (iv) In view of the small number of tenders, the difference in design and other circumstances, no comparison of the prices can usefully be made.
ployed in the County of Lanark, including Glasgow, and separately for East Kilbride in every other month since January, 1952. Many districts of Lanarkshire are within easy reach of East Kilbride but the number of persons not resident in that new town, who might be able to accept employment there, would depend on the types of vacancies available and the qualifications and circumstances of the individual workers.
Month Numbers Unemployed County of Lanark East Kilbride 14th January, 1952 29,476 34 17th March, 1952 28,457 31 12th May, 1952 27,889 30 14th July, 1952 28,254 22 15th September, 1952 29,188 22 10th November, 1952 30,044 31 12th January, 1953 32,264 33 16th March, 1953 29,376 39 11th May, 1953 26,016 28