Gas, Electricity and Water Industries

Oral Answers to Questions — Ministry of Labour – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 10th July 1967.

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Photo of Hon. Nicholas Ridley Hon. Nicholas Ridley , Cirencester and Tewkesbury 12:00 am, 10th July 1967

asked the Minister of Labour what has been the increase in the numbers employed in the gas, electricity and water industries between July, 1966, and the latest convenient date.

Photo of Mr Roy Hattersley Mr Roy Hattersley , Birmingham Sparkbrook

It is provisionally estimated that between July, 1966, and April, 1967, there was an increase of about 4,000.

Photo of Hon. Nicholas Ridley Hon. Nicholas Ridley , Cirencester and Tewkesbury

Is the hon. Member aware that this is the only group of trades in which the numbers in employment appear to have risen in this period? What sort of shake-out is it when people are shaken out from exporting industries into non-exporting nationalised concerns?

Photo of Mr Roy Hattersley Mr Roy Hattersley , Birmingham Sparkbrook

I am bewildered by the apparent assumption of the hon. Member that the production of gas, electricity, and coal, and the provision of water supplies, does not make a contribution to exports.