§ 52. Mr. Sorensen
asked the Minister of Labour to what extent unemployment or short-time has increased in recent months among men and women employed in making broadcasting and television sets in respect of the whole country and in the borough of Leyton and in adjacent areas; and what 1s the approximate number so employed.
§ Mr. Iain Macleod
The registered number of wholly unemployed persons in Great Britain whose last employment was in the manufacture of wireless apparatus and valves rose from 1,138 on 14th November, 1955, to 2,573 on 12th March. The number on short time in the week ended 26th November, 1955, was 540 and the latest estimated total for the week ended 28th April was 4,500. In Leyton and adjacent areas there has been no short time working recorded, but the number of unemployed increased from 42 on 14th November to 132 on 16th April. The number employed in these industries at the end of February was 192,000, of whom about 20,000 were in Leyton and adjacent areas.