§ Mr. Randall
asked the Minister of Labour if he will give the number of adult males currently unemployed in the Gateshead area; how many vacancies exist, skilled and unskilled; and how many jobs for such men, skilled and unskilled, are in prospect for the coming year.
§ Mr. Green
In February, 1962, there were 1,980 men registered as unemployed at the Gateshead, Blaydon and Felling Employment Exchanges and 208 unfilled vacancies. In December, 1961, the latest date for which an analysis of vacancies by occupation is available, there were three vacancies for men in labouring and 252 in other categories. There are about 1,000 jobs in prospect for males in this area but I regret that I cannot say how many are for skilled or unskilled workers nor how many will arise in 1962.