§ Mr. Arthur Lewis
asked the Lord President of the Council whether he will give details of the costs involved to the Catering Committee in providing a supply of meals in the Palace of Westminster, ether than the price of food and staff wages; what study he has made of the extent to which these extra costs compare with the normal charges incurred by outside caterers for rents, rates, gas, water, electricity, furnishings and the interest rates charged on the capital employed in catering services generally; and if he will make a statement.
§ Mr. Maxwell
I have been asked to reply.
The costs, other than food and wages, borne by the Refreshment Department
TOTAL NUMBERS REGISTERED AS UNEMPLOYED AND NOTIFIED VACANCIES REMAINING UNFILLED AT NOVEMBER, 1967 IN THE AREA COVERED BY THE SUNDERLAND EMPLOYMENT EXCHANGE, AND IN GREAT BRITAIN Registered unemployed Unfilled vacancies Men Women Young persons (including school-leavers) Men Women Young persons Sunderland … 2,397 192 367 65 78 167 Great Britain … 457,974 95,917 27,736 85,870 79,625 62,198
§ Mr. Brian Parkyn
asked the Minister of Labour what estimate he has made of the numbe7 of vacant jobs at present in Bedford, and the number of registered unemployed.350W
amount to about £18,500 a year, and consist of repairs and renewals, laundry, uniforms and liveries, general insurance, general expenses, audit accountancy and stocktaking fees, bank charges and interest and staff pensions. Rents, rates, water, electricity and furnishings are borne by the Ministry of Public Building and Works. No direct comparison is, therefore, possible with outside caterers.