HC Deb 26 January 1965 vol 705 c147W
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

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