§ 70. Mr. Blenkinsop
asked the Minister of Works how many building workers
LABOUR EMPLOYED IN THE BUILDING AND CIVIL ENGINEERING INDUSTRIES IN GREAT BRITAIN (Thousands) 1953 (a)New work All other work (including repairs and maintenance) Total Housing Industrial building (b) Agricultural building Schools All other new work 1st Quarter … 295 123 5 33 104 407 967 2nd Quarter … 314 121 4 35 103 418 995 3rd Quarter … 317 118 5 36 99 427 1,002 4th Quarter … 318 118 5 33 96 417 987 These figures exclude the building trades workers directly employed by local authorities, public utilities and private firms in other industries, e.g. brewing, shipbuilding, etc. Of these, about 30,000 men have been throughout the period employed by local authorities on new house construction. The remainder are employed mainly on repairs and maintenance. (a) Excluding work exempted from authorisation and licensing; men engaged on such work are included under "All other work (including repair and maintenance)." (b) These figures cover the contractors' labour force employed on the erection of factory storage premises and on work for the basic industries including gas, electricity, transport and communications. The amount of work done in this category rose during the year despite the fall in the labour force.