HC Deb 31 July 1958 vol 592 cc191-2W
Mr. Malcolm MacMillan

asked the Minister of Labour the total number and percentage of persons unemployed in the Stornoway area at the most recent convenient date, the numbers in each class, and the total number in each of the other islands of the Outer Hebrides.

Mr. Iain Macleod

On 14th July, 1,331 persons were registered as unemployed at the Stornoway Employment Exchange representing 26.8 per cent. of the estimated number of insured employees. The industries in which the largest numbers had last been employed were as follows:

Fishing 102
Wool Textiles 82
Building 122
Civil Engineering 318
Port, River and Canal Transport 75
Distribution 67
Local Government Services 99
Hotels and Catering 27
Sea Transport 49
The numbers in the other outer islands were as follows:
North Uist 92
South Uist 126
Barra 115
Benbecula 47
Eriskay 18

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