§ 119. Mr. G. Thomas
asked the Minister of Labour whether he is aware of the increasing difficulty of finding employ-118W
§ Mr. Iain Macleod
Only about one-fifth of consumers' expenditure is accounted for by imports, and reductions from this source have been more than offset by increases in domestic costs, including wages and other personal incomes. Nevertheless, the index of retail prices went up by under 2 per cent. in 1958, the lowest rise for 5 years.
The further information required by the hon. Member is as follows:
ment for disabled persons in Cardiff; and whether he will make a statement on his plans for dealing with this problem.119W
§ 120. Mr. G. Thomas
asked the Minister of Labour what was the number of persons in Cardiff who have been unemployed for six weeks or longer at the nearest convenient date and the comparative figure for 1957 and 1951 respectively.
§ Mr. Iain Macleod
The monthly analyses do not show the numbers who have been unemployed for six weeks or more. At 12th January there were 2,318 wholly unemployed persons on the registers of employment exchanges in Cardiff who had been on the registers for more than eight weeks. The cor-
Employment Exchange (including Youth Employment Office) Wholly unemployed persons on registers Temporarily Stopped† Number of vacancies remaining unfilled at 5th January, 1959 M. F. Total M. F. Total M. F. Total Number Per cent.* Ilkeston 202 167 369 1.9 22 51 73 54 10 64 Heanor 200 57 257 2.1 69 74 143 46 17 63 Alfreton (including Ripley) 358 136 494 2.1 64 34 98 49 26 75 * Figures for the country as a whole for 12th January are not yet available. At 8th December, 1958 the percentage wholly unemployed in Great Britain was 2.2. † The "temporarily stopped" are persons working short-time or otherwise temporarily stood off who were not at work on Monday, 12th January and were registered at the Employment Exchange. The figures do not include persons who were at work on the Monday but were stood off on other days of the week. Complete statistics of the numbers working short-time are not available.