§ 121. Mr. de Freitas
asked the Minister of Labour whether he is aware of the unemployment and short-time working in Lincoln, especially in the engineering industry; and whether he will make a statement on the steps being taken to alleviate the situation.
§ Mr. Iain Macleod
I am aware that there has been an increase in short-time working in recent months, although the percentage of workers wholly unemployed continues to be below the national average. My local officers are doing all that is possible to submit workers who are wholly unemployed to vacancies.