HC Deb 17 February 1970 vol 796 c89W
Mr. Chichester-Clark

asked the Minister of Public Building and Works how many construction workers were unemployed in January 1970; and what steps it is now proposed to take to remedy the rise in unemployment in this industry.

Mr. John Silkin

The number of construction workers wholly unemployed in Great Britain in January 1970 was 135.6 thousand. In addition there were 3.6 thousand temporarily stopped, making a total of 139.2 thousand. This is a seasonal peak, from which I would expect a fall with the approach of spring. Further improvement will depend basically on the consolidation of our improved economic position, and in particular on progress in housebuilding.