HC Deb 25 November 1958 vol 596 cc33-4W
96. Vice-Admiral Hughes Hallett

asked the Minister of Labour how many persons were employed, directly and indirectly, by the fighting Services and on arms production in October, 1951; and the corresponding figures to the latest convenient date.

Mr. Iain Macleod

In October, 1951, 840,000 people were in the Armed Forces, 265,000 civilians were estimated to be employed in the Service Departments and the Ministries of Supply and Defence on work for the Armed Forces, and 800,000 to be employed in manufacturing industries on defence production. The corresponding figures for the latest convenient date were 599,000 (in October, 1958), 250,000 (in October, 1958) and 490,000 (in May, 1958).