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Volume 654: debated on Wednesday 28 February 1962

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asked the Minister of Labour how many persons were in civil employment in Wales and in the County of Glamorgan, respectively, at the latest convenient date; what were the comparable figures in 1952; and how many new jobs he expects to become available in each case during the next year.

The figures of the numbers in civil employment are available only for Great Britain. It is estimated that there were about 939,600 insured employees in employment in Wales at mid-1960, the latest date for which figures are available, of whom 457,500 were in Glamorgan. Figures for 1952 were 911,000 and 430,400, respectively. The estimated number of jobs in prospect in Wales is about 22,000 of which some 11,000 are expected to accrue in Glamorgan; I regret that it is not possible to say how many of the jobs may materialise during the next year.

Is my right hon. Friend aware that these excellent figures redound to the credit of himself and his predecessors during the last ten years?

I am glad to say—without scoring any party point—that I think the prospects of employment in Wales are infinitely better than they have been for generations.