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Industrial Employment, Wales

Volume 414: debated on Monday 15 October 1945

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asked the President of the Board of Trade what facilities and opportunities are being provided in Wales to re-absorb the number of young women and girls conscripted from Wales during the war and sent to other parts of the British Isles and overseas; and whether he is satisfied that these arrangements will provide opportunities for all who wish to return to the Principality of Wales to do so.

Substantial progress has been made in increasing the number and range of opportunities of industrial employment for both men and women. In addition to the conversion of surplus Government factories to civilian production, which will give peace-time employment to about 20,000 people, approval has already been given to 53 industrial building schemes in South Wales. It is estimated that these schemes should in due time give additional employment to nearly 16,000 workers, of whom just over half will be women. Further schemes are under consideration and it is hoped that when the labour is available sufficient factories will be built to provide opportunities for all who want employment.