§ 11. Mr. William Hamilton
asked the Secretary of State for Employment what is the total number of construction workers unemployed in Scotland, Wales and England, respectively; what were the comparable figures three years ago; and what steps are being taken to reduce the figures.
§ Mr. Alison
At May 1982, the last date for which figures are available, the numbers of registered unemployed people in Scotland, Wales and England who last worked in the construction industry were 46,521, 28,412 and 291,421 respectively. The corresponding figures at May 1979 were 23,667, 12,911 and 123,434.
My right hon. and learned Friend the Chancellor of the Exchequer and my right hon. Friend the Secretary of State for the Environment have introduced a number of measures to help the industry through the recession.