§ Mr. Lewis
asked the Minister of Labour why, for the week ending 10th November, there was an average daily surplus of labour in the dock industry of 8.828; and, as this is an average daily surplus of 11.4 per cent. of the workers' register, what action he proposes to take to reduce this percentage of unemployment.
§ Mr. Iain Macleod
The average daily surplus of labour in the dock industry fluctuates with the work available. I am not aware of any special circumstances in the week referred to. The National Dock Labour Board controls the size of the registered dock labour force and it has the position constantly under review.