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Written Answers

Volume 481: debated on Friday 24 November 1950

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Written Answers To Questions

Friday, 24th November, 1950

Festival Of Britain (Sunday Opening)

asked the Lord President of the Council if he will give an estimate of the number of persons who would be employed on Sundays in the amusement section of the Festival of Britain.

I would refer my hon. Friend to the reply I gave the hon. and gallant Member for Croydon West (Lieut.-Commander Thompson) on Thursday, 23rd November.

NUMBERS OF PERSONS REGISTERED AS UNEMPLOYED AT THE HIGH WYCOMBE EMPLOYMENT EXCHANGE AT 13TH NOVEMBER, 1950, AND THE NUMBERS OF VACANCIES FILLED BY THE EMPLOYMENT EXCHANGE DURING THE PERIOD 28TH SEPTEMBER, 1950 TO 25TH OCTOBER, 1950
IndustryNumbers unemployed at 13th November, 1950Vacancies filled 28th September, 1950, to 25th October, 1950
MalesFemalesMalesFemales
Engineering, etc.74197
Furniture and Upholstery125368
Paper, etc., Manufacture32102
Distributive Trades7579
All other Industries and Services61379481
Total, All Industries and Services9053166107

asked the Minister of Labour if he will give the numbers unemployed at the most recent date within each of the areas covered by the urban councils of Aspull, Blackrod, Hindley, Horwich. Standish and Westhoughton.

The following table gives the figures for employment exchanges in the specified areas.

NUMBERS OF UNEMPLOYED PERSONS ON THE REGISTERS OF THE UNDERMENTIONED EMPLOYMENT EXCHANGES AT 13TH NOVEMBER, 1950
Employment ExchangeNumber Unemployed
Aspull65
Hindley (including Youth Employment Office)131
Horwich (including Blackrod)25
Standish53
Westhoughton36

Employment (Statistics)

asked the Minister of Labour how many are unemployed. at the last convenient date, in the Wycombe employment exchange area, stated in the usual categories and industries; how many jobs have been filled in the same period: and what movement of labour there has been into and out of the area.

The following table gives the available information about unemployment and vacancies filled. Statistics showing the movement of labour into and out of the area are not available.

Coke Supplies

asked the Minister of Fuel and Power, if he is able to make a statement on coke supplies for the winter.

Disposals of gas coke both to industrial and to non-industrial consumers during recent months have been considerably higher than in the same period a year ago; if this were to continue during the present Winter, stocks at gas works would be run down too quickly, and it might not be possible both to enable the gas works to manufacture the full amount of carburretted water gas needed to maintain gas supplies, and also to meet in full the demands of the coke market. Corresponding reductions will be made by the gas works to the less essential consumers whom they supply direct. Hard coke supplies to the merchants will, I hope, be about the same in quantity as they were last winter.I have the assurance of the industry and of the merchants that it will be possible for them to ensure, on this basis, an equitable distribution of supplies and I have accordingly decided not to re-introduce the statutory restrictions which were in force up to last January. It is most desirable, however, that all users of coke should exercise restraint both in purchasing coke and in using their present stocks. Indeed, full co-operation in this way is essential, if more drastic restrictions on the supply of gas coke are to be avoided.

Sheep (Government Purchases)

asked the Minister of Food how much he paid British farmers for their sheep this year; how much he sold them for; and what he did with the profit.

Following is the information:

£s.d.
The amount paid to British farmers for purchases of sheep during the year ended 31st March, 1950, was35,734,48200
The proceeds of the sale of the resulting meat, skins and offal amounted to28,439,70800
7,294,77400
Expenses of collection, slaughtering and distribution to retailers and manufacturers amounted to3,299,83300
Leaving a loss or subsidy of10,59460700

National Assistance

asked the Minister of National Insurance how many persons are receiving supplementary pensions to old age, retirement and widows' pensions in Stockton-on-Tees; and what is the average payment.

At the end of September last, in the area administered from the Board's office at Stockton-on-Tees, 2,523 regular weekly grants of National Assistance were being made in supplementation of non - contributory pensions, retirement pensions or widows' pensions or allowances. I regret that the information asked for in the second part of the Question is not available.