Central and Local Government Service (Vacancies)

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 Mr Nicholas Scott Mr Nicholas Scott , Paddington South 12:00 am, 10th July 1967

asked the Minister of Labour what was the total number of vacancies in central and local government service in April, 1967, and April, 1963.

Photo of Mr Raymond Gunter Mr Raymond Gunter , Southwark

the numbers notified to my Department were 13,814 and 8,068, respectively. These represent notified vacancies remaining unfilled in Order XXIV of the Standard Industrial Classification only and do not purport to measure all vacancies in central and local government service.

Photo of Mr Nicholas Scott Mr Nicholas Scott , Paddington South

As the numbers employed since right hon. Members opposite took office have risen by over 200,000, and as this great increase in the number of vacancies shows that there is an absolutely insatiable demand in this sector, should we not have a shake-out here rather than from the growth industries?

Photo of Mr Raymond Gunter Mr Raymond Gunter , Southwark

That is always a very popular doctrine until hon. Members opposite want some great social improvement, improved local government services and a host of other things. Then the price has to be paid.