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Building Trades

Volume 236: debated on Thursday 6 March 1930

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asked the Minister of Labour the number of unemployed in the building industry at the last convenient date; and the number of unemployed at the same date last year?

At 27th January, 1930, there were 149,403 insured persons classified as belonging to the building industry recorded as unemployed in Great Britain, as compared with 159,219 at 21st January, 1929.

Is the right hon. Lady aware that later figures were mentioned last week in another place by the Government spokesman?

The right hon. Lady realises, of course, how serious this matter is. How does she account for it?

Is it not a fact that the building industry is overloaded with employés owing to the late Government breaking an agreement entered into in 1924?