HC Deb 03 December 1958 vol 596 cc128-9W
20. Mr. Lewis

asked the Minister of Labour whether he will publish in HANSARD a table of figures giving the rise and fall in unemployment, temporarily stopped and short-time working, for each of the months from January, 1951, until December, 1951, compared with January, 1958, until the latest convenient stated monthly date, taking as the basis January, 1951, being equal to 100.

Mr. Wood

The following is the reply:

Figures of short-time working were obtained at quarterly dates only in 1951, but for monthly dates in 1958. The figures relate to establishments with more than ten employees in manufacturing industries in Great Britain. The following Table shows the numbers working short-time in the two years expressed as percentages of the number working short-time in December, 1950.

Numbers Percentage of December, 1950
Week ending—
30th December, 1950 33,693 100
31st March, 1951 17,956 53
30th June, 1951 35,295 105
22nd September, 1951 66,149 196
1st February, 1958 82,521 245
1st March, 1958 103,449 307
29th March, 1958 119,265 354
26th April, 1958 164,865 489
24th May, 1958 216,824 644
28th June, 1958 187,510 557
26th July, 1958 156,473 464
23rd August, 1958 160,435 476
27th September, 1958 169,909 504

45. Mr. Allaun

asked the Minister of Labour if he will state the approximate fail in average weekly earnings this autumn due to unemployment and short-time working compared with a year ago, in the north-west and in all regions, and separately for those in the major industries.

Mr. Wood

I regret there is not sufficient information on which to base such calculations.

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