HC Deb 29 January 1957 vol 563 cc137-8W
8. Mr. Moss

asked the Minister of Labour to what extent workers made redundant in the motor trade have found alternative jobs; and to what extent such jobs have been found locally.

Mr. Iain Macleod

As regards the first part of the Question, I would refer the hon. Member to my Answer to the hon. Member for Leicester, North-West (Mr. Janner) on 24th January. The only information I have about the extent to which jobs have been found locally relates to the workers discharged last summer by the British Motor Corporation. Out of 1,357 of these workers who were placed by my Exchanges all but 21 were placed in work within daily travelling distance of their homes. I have no reason to suppose that this is not typical of what has happened generally.

9. Mr. Moss

asked the Minister of Labour to what extent workers declared redundant in the motor industry have found jobs in the coal industry in the Midlands.

Mr. Iain Macleod

So far as I am aware, only a small number of workers discharged from the motor industry in the Midlands have obtained employment in coalmining. The easing in the pressure of demand from other industries, however, contributed to the improvement that took place in coalmining employment during 1956.