asked the President of the Board of Trade for how many firms his Department is the responsible production Department, how many of these firms employ more than 250 persons; how many employ more than 50 persons and less than 250; and how many employ less than 50 persons.
In the manufacturing trades for which the Board of Trade is the responsible production Department, it is estimated there were in 1948 about 28,000 establishments employing more than ten persons; corresponding information about establishments with ten employees or less is not available. Of the 28,000 establishments, 2,400 employed 250 persons or more, 10,100 employed 50 persons but less than 250, and 15,500 employed more than 10 but less than 50. These figures exclude firms in the service trades and in a few mining and quarrying trades for which the Board is responsible.
I am considering the question of the appointment of such a committee.