§ 53. Mr. Heffer
asked the Secretary of State for Employment what is the number of unemployed workers in Merseyside in the construction industry; which trades or groups are involved; and what steps are being taken to improve the employment position.
§ Mr. Dudley Smith
At 8th November, 9,249 people who last worked in the construction industry were registered as unemployed in the Merseyside Development Area. The following is an occupational analysis of the numbers of men registered as wholly unemployed who were included in that figure at that date. The Government have recently introduced a number of measures which are designed to provide more construction jobs on Merseyside.
NUMBERS OF REGISTERED WHOLLY UNEMPLOYED MEN AT 8TH NOVEMBER 1971 IN THE MERSEYSIDE DEVELOPMENT AREA WHO LAST WORKED IN THE CONSTRUCTION INDUSTRY ANALYSED ACCORDING TO THE OCCUPATION FOR WHICH THEY WERE REGISTERED Carpenter, joiner, shutterer 442 Bricklayer 208 Mason, stone carver 11 Slater, tiler, thatcher, etc. 47 Plasterer 88 Floor and wall tiler, etc. 26 Painter, decorator, signwriter 365 Plumber, gas fitter, etc. 306 Glazier 4 Pavior, road etc. surface layer 72 Steel erector, sheeter 187 Electrician, cable jointer, linesman 237 Mechanical handling plant, etc. operator 162 Erector, millwright, maintenance fitter 68 Miscellaneous building and civil engineering worker 712 Labourer 4,313 General foreman 12 All other occupations 1,549 Total, all occupations 8,809