§ Mr. Lubbock
asked the Minister of Aviation if he will circulate in the OFFICIAL REPORT a table analysing the number of employees in the aircraft industry, by location, and split between qualified scientists and engineers, other non-works personnel, skilled, semi-skilled and unskilled production workers; and if he will estimate in each case the numbers employed on military and civil work, respectively.
§ Mr. Roy Jenkins
The aircraft industry in Great Britain currently employs about 265,000 people: in addition there are about 7,500 in Northern Ireland, making a total of 272,500. Official statistics do not enable me to classify this number precisely in the manner requested, but about 8,000 are qualified scientists and engineers. It is estimated that about 70 per cent. of the total effort is engaged in military work, and about 30 per cent. on civil work.
The following table from the Ministry of Labour Gazette for February, 1964, gives the most recent information available on the location of aircraft employees.
Region Numbers Employed on aircraft manufacture and repairing London and South East … 34,400 Eastern and Southern … 47,720 South Western … 48,390 Midlands … 59,270 Yorks and Lines. … 11,170 North Western … 46,120 Northern … 2,480 Scotland … 13,330 Wales … 2,030 Total, Great Britain … 264,910