Blyth

Oral Answers to Questions — Employment – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 6th February 1961.

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Photo of Mr Edward Milne Mr Edward Milne , Blyth 12:00 am, 6th February 1961

asked the Minister of Labour if he will give the latest available unemployment figures for the Blyth Employment Exchange, specifying the length of unemployment of males, females and persons under 18, respectively; and what were the comparable figures at the same date in 1959 and 1960

Photo of Mr Peter Thomas Mr Peter Thomas , Conway

As the reply consists of tables of figures, I will, with permission, circulate it in the OFFICIAL REPORT.

Photo of Mr Edward Milne Mr Edward Milne , Blyth

Is the right hon. Gentleman aware that the position is likely to deteriorate in the very near future, because of the shortage of orders at the Blyth shipyard? Will he inform his right hon. Friend the President of the Board of Trade that we are anxiously awaiting his doing something to implement the promises which he was bandying around so freely in the recent by-election?

Photo of Mr Peter Thomas Mr Peter Thomas , Conway

Yes, Sir. I agree that in the near future there may be difficulties in both the coalmining and the shipbuilding industries, on which the area is mainly dependent. Both my right hon. Friend the President of the Board of Trade and my night hon. Friend the Minister of Labour will continue to watch the situation very closely. I know that my right hon. Friend the President of the Board of Trade will keep the position under review. Following are the tables:

NUMBERS OF WHOLLY UNEMPLOYED AT BLYTH 12th January, 1959:

Length of unemploymentMenWomenYoung PersonsTotal
Under 2 weeks701524109
2–8 weeks623217111
Over 8 weeks975323173
Total22910064393

There were also 57 men temporarily stopped.

11th January, 1960:

Length of unemploymentMenWomenYoung PersonsTotal
Under 2 weeks38194097
2–8 weeks852320128
Over 8 weeks…1105210172
Total2339470397

There were also 16 men and 2 women temporarily stopped.

16th January, 1961:

Length of unemploymentMenWomenYoung PersonsTotal
Under 2 weeks43232894
2–8 weeks46232089
Over 8 weeks1243913176
Total2138561359

There were also 6 men and 1 woman temporarily stopped.