Building Trade.

Oral Answers to Questions — Unemployment. – in the House of Commons on 13th March 1929.

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Photo of Sir Percy Harris Sir Percy Harris , Bethnal Green South West

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asked the Minister of Labour how many persons were unemployed in the building trade in England and Wales at the last available date; and how the figures compare with that date a year ago?

Photo of Sir Henry Betterton Sir Henry Betterton , Rushcliffe

As the reply includes a number of figures, I will, with the hon. Member's permission, circulate a statement in the OFFICIAL REPORT.

Photo of Mr Thomas Williams Mr Thomas Williams , Don Valley

Can the hon. Gentleman give the comparative figures for 1929 and 1928?

Photo of Sir Henry Betterton Sir Henry Betterton , Rushcliffe

I can give the total figures. The total figure in February, 1928, was 107,965, and in February, 1929, 179,903. Of course, it is obvious that the greater part of this increase is due to the very severe weather which prevailed in February of this year.

Photo of Sir Joseph Lamb Sir Joseph Lamb , Stone

Can my hon. Friend say whether the form he is publishing will show the difference between skilled and unskilled occupations?

Photo of Sir Henry Betterton Sir Henry Betterton , Rushcliffe

No, it does not show that. It shows the difference between the wholly unemployed and the temporarily stopped.

Photo of Sir Percy Harris Sir Percy Harris , Bethnal Green South West

Will the hon. Gentleman call the attention of the Minister of Health to these figures and point out to him the necessity of increasing his building programme in order to help unemployment?

Photo of Sir Henry Betterton Sir Henry Betterton , Rushcliffe

No doubt the hon. Member's question will be read by my right hon. Friend.

Following is the statement:

Insured persons classified as belonging to the building industry recorded as unemployed in England and Wales.

Date.Wholly unemployed.Temporarily stopped.Total.
25th Feb., 1929147,69532,208179,903
20th Feb., 1928104,6903,275107,965