§ Mr. Madden
asked the Secretary of State for Employment how many British workers work regularly with asbestos; and how many industrial plants exist in
NUMBERS UNEMPLOYED AND NOTIFIED UNFILLED VACANCIES IN JUNE 1974: MELTON MOWBRAY EMPLOYMENT OFFICE Unemployed Unfilled Vacancies Clerical and related 39 33 Salesmen, sales assistants, shop assistants and shelf fillers 7 4 Sales representatives (wholesale goods) and other sales representatives and agents 7 4 Policemen and firemen — 5 Waiters, waitresses — 5 Barmen, barmaids — 4 Domestic housekeepers — 3 Cleaners 3 11 General farm workers 5 1 Domestic gardeners (private gardens) — 4 Making and repairing (excluding metal and electrical) 2 18 Processing, making, repairing and related (metal and electrical) 7 35 Painters and decorators — 3 Transport operating, materials moving and storing and related 4 20 Storekeepers, warehousemen 2 5 General labourers (engineering and shipbuilding) and other general labourers 89 32 All other occupations 26 33 TOTAL: ALL OCCUPATIONS 191 220
the United Kingdom which use quantities of asbestos in their processes.
§ Mr. Harold Walker
It is estimated that 15,000 workers in this country are regularly employed with asbestos.
The Factory Inspectorate has records of factories in Great Britain using asbestos and to which the Asbestos Regulations 1969 apply. These number about 1,200.
A large number of construction and demolition operations also attract the Asbestos Regulations 1969 from time to time. The size of the work force varies and the number involved at any one time cannot be estimated with any certainty.