HC Deb 10 February 1960 vol 617 cc40-1W
49. Mr. Manuel

asked the Minister of Labour to what cause he attributes the increase in unemployment in Scotland from 92,311 at 7th December, 1959, to 98,214 at 11th January, 1960.

Mr. Heath

This increase, which was smaller than usual for the time of year, was caused partly by seasonal increases in unemployment in construction, and distribution; and partly by the registration of that proportion of Christmas school leavers which had not yet taken up employment.