HC Deb 17 February 1964 vol 689 c151W
85. Mr. A. Lewis

asked the Minister of Labour whether he is aware that from October, 1951, until October, 1963, there was an 80 per cent. rise in the level of unemployment; and what new action he proposes to take to arrest this increase.

Mr. Godber

I cannot accept the implication in the hon. Member's Question. While unemployment has fluctuated considerably over this period, the numbers in employment have shown a steady upward trend and rose by about 2 million between mid-1951 and mid-1963. Although the figures were high a year ago the underlying trend in unemployment during recent months has been firmly downwards and this is likely to continue.