HC Deb 05 March 1963 vol 673 c28W
Mr. Awbery

asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies what was the number of unemployed in the island of Malta in 1959 when it was decided to dispose of the naval base; and what are the most recent figures.

Mr. Fisher

The number of persons registered for employment on 31st July, 1958 when the decision to lease the dockyard was announced was 3,350; the figure at 31st March, 1959, when the lease to Bailey (Malta) Ltd. was given was 3,185 and at 31st January, 1963, 6,699.

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