Does not this show that these industries—the chemical and allied industries—have been hit more by the freeze than have the nationalised industries? Is this really the policy of the Government and the Ministry?
In view of the decline in the numbers employed in these industries, how do we account for the need for an increase in the gas and electricity industries, referred to a little while ago?
Is the hon. Gentleman aware that these figures are also disturbing? As these are important manufacturing industries, on which we rely for our exports, is he satisfied that unemployment in them should be heavily up while employment in the Civil Service and service industries is increasing? Would not he agree that this trend shows that the S.E.T. system is not working and that it should be rescinded?
Since there are double the vacancies in this respect than there were in 1963—the sort of situation which, surely, workers want—what is the hon. Gentleman complaining about? I would have thought that an unemployed man would much prefer the present situation, in which there more employers wanting labour than was the case in 1963.