HC Deb 18 April 1957 vol 568 cc217-8W
6. Mr. Gower

asked the Minister of Labour if he will make a statement upon the present level of United Kingdom employment and his estimate of prospects during the remainder of 1957.

Mr. Iain Macleod

The latest figures are for Great Britain. At the end of February the number in civil employment was 22,948,000 and on 11th March there were 363,000 registered unemployed. I have no reason to suppose that apart from seasonal changes the situation will alter greatly in the remainder of 1957.