HC Deb 22 January 1985 vol 71 c387W
Mr. Parry

asked the Secretary of State for Scotland what measures he proposes to reduce unemployment in the construction industry; and if he will make a statement.

Mr. Ancram

The key to producing worthwhile long-term increases in the level of employment in the construction industry is the continuation of the Government's efforts to achieve a healthy and stable economy by controlling public expenditure and public borrowing, thereby maintaining a low rate of inflation, improving the climate for investment and stimulating industrial recovery.

Mr. Parry

asked the Secretary of State for Scotland how many workers were unemployed in the construction industry in Scotland in June 1979 and at the latest available date, respectively.

Mr. Allan Stewart

The information requested is not available for June 1979 as the industrial analysis of the unemployed was compiled quarterly in February, May, August and November. This analysis was discontinued in May 1982.

The number of unemployed registrants in Scotland whose last employment was in the construction industry was respectively 23,667 and 46,521 in May 1979 and May 1982.