§ Mr. Woodburn
asked the Minister of Works the total number of building trade operatives, skilled and unskilled, respectively, employed on building in 1938, 1945, 1950, and 1955; and the approximate numbers which were engaged on housing.
§ Mr. Buchan-Hepburn
Exactly comparable figures cannot be provided owing to changes in the bases on which labour statistics have been collected. The available figures for the four years are given below, together with the estimated proportion of skilled workers and of men employed on new housebuilding.
BUILDING AND CIVIL ENGINEERING LABOUR FORCE (INCLUDING LABOUR EMPLOYED BY LOCAL AUTHORITIES) Great Britain — Total operatives Percentage of skilled workers percentage engaged on new housing thousands per cent. per cent. 1938 1,030 64 32 1945 750 55 14 1950 1,280 59 24 1955* 1,230 56 28 * Provisional figures.