HC Deb 24 January 1956 vol 548 c7W
Mr. Hurd

asked the Minister of Labour the latest total of registered unemployed in the Reading and Newbury district; the number of vacant jobs registered at the local employment exchanges; and how many of these are in Government employment.

Mr. Iain Macleod

The number of unemployed persons on the registers of the Reading Employment Exchanges and Youth Employment Office at 12th December was 246, and the number of vacancies notified to these offices and remaining unfilled at 14th December was 1,238. The corresponding figures for Newbury Employment Exchange were 57 and 469 respectively. About 70 of the unfilled vacancies at Reading and about 50 at Newbury were at Government Establishments. Young persons under 18 years of age at Newbury register at a Youth Employment Office which covers a much wider area, and the figures given above for the Newbury Employment Exchange therefore relate to persons aged 18 and over.