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Building And Civil Engineering (Employment)

Volume 524: debated on Tuesday 9 March 1954

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70.

asked the Minister of Works how many building workers

LABOUR EMPLOYED IN THE BUILDING AND CIVIL ENGINEERING INDUSTRIES IN GREAT BRITAIN (Thousands)
1953(a)New workAll other work (including repairs and maintenance)Total
HousingIndustrial building (b)Agricultural buildingSchoolsAll other new work
1st Quarter295123533104407967
2nd Quarter314121435103418995
3rd Quarter317118536994271,002
4th Quarter31811853396417987
These figures exclude the building trades workers directly employed by local authorities, public utilities and private firms in other industries, e.g. brewing, shipbuilding, etc. Of these, about 30,000 men have been throughout the period employed by local authorities on new house construction. The remainder are employed mainly on repairs and maintenance.
(a) Excluding work exempted from authorisation and licensing; men engaged on such work are included under "All other work (including repair and maintenance)."
(b) These figures cover the contractors' labour force employed on the erection of factory storage premises and on work for the basic industries including gas, electricity, transport and communications. The amount of work done in this category rose during the year despite the fall in the labour force.