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Volume 440: debated on Tuesday 22 July 1947

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asked the Minister of Labour, if he will make a statement on the manpower trends in Britain in the next five years, with special reference to the employment of men in the over-40 age groups and the need to ensure the most economical use of labour.

This subject is dealt with on pages 142 and 143 of the "Ministry of Labour Gazette" for May, 1947. This shows that the number of men aged 15 and under 65 in the working population may be expected to increase between the end of 1946 and the end of 1951, by about 260,000, or 2 per cent. The number under 40 will probably decline by about 225,000, or 3 per cent., while the number aged 40 and under 65 will increase by about 485,000 or 8 per cent.