Unemployed Building Operatives

Oral Answers to Questions — Employment – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 13th May 1948.

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Photo of Mr Alfred Bossom Mr Alfred Bossom , Maidstone 12:00 am, 13th May 1948

asked the Minister of Labour how many operatives in the building trade were unemployed on the last date for which he has statistics.

Photo of Mr Alfred Bossom Mr Alfred Bossom , Maidstone

Can the Minister say if the total number of unemployed in the building industry is as great as it was when the Government took office?

Photo of Mr George Isaacs Mr George Isaacs , Southwark North

From June, 1947, to December, 1947, there was a fluctuation —we use this term to mean men going in and out of jobs—of between 13,000 and 21,000 per month. The average has been about the same.

Photo of Mr George Hicks Mr George Hicks , Woolwich East

Is my right hon. Friend aware that the Minister of Works has taken the price control off bricks, and that there is a quantity of timber available? Will he have a chat with the Minister of Health, with a view to enlarging the building programme?

Photo of Mr George Isaacs Mr George Isaacs , Southwark North

We have anticipated that question, and consultations are now taking place.

Photo of Major Donald Bruce Major Donald Bruce , Portsmouth North

Can my right hon. Friend say how many vacancies there were on the date he has just given to the hon. Member for Maidstone (Mr. Bossom)?

Photo of Mr George Isaacs Mr George Isaacs , Southwark North

Not without notice, but there were quite a number.