Workers, Tullos (Dismissal)

Oral Answers to Questions — Employment – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 13th May 1954.

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Photo of Mr Hector Hughes Mr Hector Hughes , Aberdeen North 12:00 am, 13th May 1954

asked the Minister of Labour if he is aware that about 60 men have just been dismissed from Tullos factory, Aberdeen, owing to a recession in the industry there; and what steps he is taking to provide employment for these men.

Photo of Sir Walter Monckton Sir Walter Monckton , Bristol West

Yes, Sir; 53 men and 10 women were paid off from Tullos factory with wages until 7th May. The Employment Exchange Service will assist those who register to find other work.

Photo of Mr Hector Hughes Mr Hector Hughes , Aberdeen North

I thank the Minister for that answer. Does he hold out any prospect that this unemployment will cease and alternative employment will be offered? Does he realise that, from the national point of view, this loss in productivity is very serious?

Photo of Sir Walter Monckton Sir Walter Monckton , Bristol West

Of the men mentioned in the answer, 13 are fully skilled and there will be no difficulty in placing them. What is causing this redundancy is a temporary slowing down in subcontracting work which, it is hoped, will be resumed at the former rate by the autumn.