asked the Minister of Labour how many miners were registered as unemployed in Lanarkshire on 2nd March, 1951, or nearest convenient date.
The number of men whose last employment was in the coalmining industry registered as unemployed in Lanarkshire on 12th March was 165. This figure does not include ex-miners who have been found to be unfit for further employment in the coalmining industry.
Will the hon. Gentleman draw the attention of the Minister of Fuel and Power to the fact that for family reasons unemployed miners in Lanarkshire do not want to leave that area and that the Minister of Fuel and Power might see that work is provided in the district?
The figure of 165 which I have given does not necessarily pre-sup-pose that those men are continually unemployed. I will bring the second point to the notice of my right hon. Friend.