Scotland

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

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Mr. Edward M. Taylor:

asked the Minister of Labour what is the latest figure in total numbers and percentages for unemployment in Scotland; and how this compares with the corresponding month in 1962.

Photo of Mr Ernest Fernyhough Mr Ernest Fernyhough , Jarrow

The figures were 76,982 and 3·5 per cent. in June, 1967 and 72,124 and 3·3 per cent. in June, 1962.

Mr. Taylor:

Do not these figures underline the seriousness of the position? Is the hon. Gentleman aware that there are now more than four unemployed people in Scotland for every vacant job? Is it not time that we had some replacements?

Photo of Mr Ernest Fernyhough Mr Ernest Fernyhough , Jarrow

I am as concerned about this figure as is the hon. Gentleman, and we will do more about it than did our predecessors. In 1963, a year later than the year for which he asked for figures, unemployment in Scotland was over 94,000 and the rate was 4·3 per cent.

Photo of Mr Jon Rankin Mr Jon Rankin , Glasgow Govan

Would my hon. Friend confirm that in the winter of 1962, the unemployment total in Scotland was 136,000. under the previous Government ·a figure bigger than any which even the Old Man of Hoy can recollect.

Photo of Mr Robert Carr Mr Robert Carr , Mitcham

But does the hon. Gentleman not yet realise, even by now, that the comparable year for comparison of economic measures is not 1963 but 1962? If he is going to quote 1963, will he give a forecast of the 1968 position?

Photo of Mr Ernest Fernyhough Mr Ernest Fernyhough , Jarrow

No, just as the right hon. Gentleman would not have given it in 1963 for 1964.

Photo of Mr Robert Maclennan Mr Robert Maclennan , Caithness and Sutherland

Would my hon. Friend place in the Library a copy of the memorandum issued last Monday by the Scottish Council for Development and

TOTAL REGISTERED UNEMPLOYED, AND WHOLLY UNEMPLOYED (EXCLUDING SCHOOL-LEAVERS) SHOWING ACTUAL NUMBERS AND NUMBERS ADJUSTED FOR NORMAL SEASONAL VARIATIONS
(Thousands)
Great Britain
Total registered unemployedWholly unemployed (excluding school-leavers)
ActualAdjusted
Mid-June each yearNumberPer cent.NumberNumberPer cent.
19463762·5
19472721·8
19482741·8
19492641·32552941·4
19502821·42713111·5
19511910·91832141·0
19524402·12953371·6
19532981·42753151·5
19542401·12252611·2
19552111·01802101·0
19562231·01892201·0
19572651·22462831·3
19584292·03664161·9
19594131·93834352·0
19603051·42953381·5
19612661·22542921·3
19623971·73684191·8
19634802·14545132·2
19643221·43153601·6
19652761·22693091·3
19662611·12522901·2
19675002·14645242·2

Industry, which shows how encouraging is the progress in laying the foundations for the industrial expansion which Scotland expects in the next three years?

Photo of Mr Ernest Fernyhough Mr Ernest Fernyhough , Jarrow

I would be very happy to do that.

Photo of Mr Jock Bruce-Gardyne Mr Jock Bruce-Gardyne , South Angus

asked the Minister of Labour what was the number of unemployed on an unadjusted and a seasonally adjusted basis at the June count for Great Britain and for Scotland, respectively, in each year since the war.

Photo of Mr Raymond Gunter Mr Raymond Gunter , Southwark

As the reply consists of a table of figures, I will, with permission, circulate it in the OFFICIAL REPORT. The figures for the earlier years before the introduction of the comprehensive National Insurance Scheme are not directly comparable with those for 1949 and later years.

Photo of Mr Jock Bruce-Gardyne Mr Jock Bruce-Gardyne , South Angus

Could the right hon. Gentleman tell us the last occasion on which unemployment reached million in midsummer?

Photo of Mr Raymond Gunter Mr Raymond Gunter , Southwark

I could not offhand. I should have to look at the figures.

Following is the information:

(Thousands)
Scotland
Total registered unemployedWholly unemployed (excluding school-leavers)
ActualAdjusted
Mid-June each yearNumberPer cent.NumberNumberPer cent.
1946754·6
1947553·3
1948493·0
1949532·550572·7
1950592·856633·0
1951422·040472·2
1952693·255622·9
1953572·752592·8
1954512·448552·6
1955472·242492·3
1956462·141472·2
1957492·345522·4
1958763·567743·5
1959853·979874·0
60703·266743·4
1961602·856632·9
1962723·367753·4
1963954·390984·5
1964713·269773·5
1965562·654612·8
1966522·450572·6
1967773·574823·7