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Employment, Southampton

Volume 476: debated on Wednesday 14 June 1950

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asked the Minister of Labour if he will give any convenient figures showing the extent of unemployment amongst building operatives in the Southampton area during 1946, 1947, 1948, 1949, and at the present time.

As the reply includes a table of figures, I will, if I may, circulate it in the OFFICIAL REPORT.

Can the right hon. Gentleman say if any of those who are at present unemployed will be satisfactorily accommodated at the new oil refinery at Fawley?

That is altogether another question, and I would like to see it put down on the Order Paper.

Is not most of the unemployment among building trade workers in Southampton only temporary and due to turnover? Further, is my right hon. Friend aware that there is a shortage of building trade labour at Southampton which is holding up development? Can he give us some assistance to obtain more?

What labour is unemployed is of a transitional character; there is, in fact, a demand for more labour there.

Following is the reply:

The following table shows the numbers of males registered as unemployed at employment exchanges in Southampton at the specified dates whose last employment was in the building industry:

13th May, 1946.227496
12th May, 1947.132740
10th May, 1948.196887
9th May, 1949.42108150
15th May, 1950.3092122