Ship repairers are not separately distinguished in the statistics of unemployment. The number of persons registered as unemployed at employment exchanges in Liverpool at 16th June, whose last employment was in the shipbuilding and ship-repairing industry was 1,108. Separate figures are not available for craftsmen and labourers.
Is that figure not rather low, and would the hon. Gentleman keep his eye upon what is going on now because of the contraction of shipbuilding and ship repairing? Will he consult his right hon. Friend the Minister of Transport in order to avoid ships being sent to the Continent for repair and thus increase the number of ships repaired here?
Is the hon. Gentleman aware that there are complaints in my area as well as in other parts of the country that employers are getting rid of youths before they are 18, so that they will be under no obligation to them when they come out of the Services? Will his Department do something to prevent that unhappy state of affairs, because youths of 17 and 18 are getting into trouble because they have nothing to do?