Adjournment (Christmas)

– in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 19th December 1957.

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Motion made, and Question proposed,That this House, at its rising Tomorrow, do adjourn till Tuesday, 21st January.—[Mr. R. A. Butler.]

Photo of Mr Frank Hayman Mr Frank Hayman , Falmouth and Camborne

This is an important Motion, and I am wondering whether the right hon. Gentleman includes with it the usual formula that under Standing Orders the House can be recalled, upon your instructions, Mr. Speaker, at the request of the Government.

I raise this matter because a very serious unemployment situation is developing in the south-west of England—in Devon and Cornwall, and in my own constituency, in particular. In the aircraft industry in Gloucester there are many impending resignations, and industry throughout the country is being affected. In my constituency there are now over 2,000 men unemployed, which represents 8 per cent. of the insured population. This has risen from 5 per cent. on 11th November.

Photo of Mr William Morrison Mr William Morrison , Cirencester and Tewkesbury

The hon. Member is now pursuing the matter in too much detail. He is entitled to ask whether the House may be recalled, but he cannot hang on to that a statement—which I am very sorry to hear—about the conditions in his own constituency.

Photo of Mr Frank Hayman Mr Frank Hayman , Falmouth and Camborne

I do not wish to delay the House, but I hope that the right hon. Gentleman and his other right hon. Friends will take note of what I have said and will bear this very serious situation in mind, because unemployment is rife throughout the country now.

Question put and agreed to.