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Aberdeen

Volume 654: debated on Wednesday 28 February 1962

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asked the Minister of Labour if he will state, to the latest convenient date, the number of people unemployed in Aberdeen, city and county, respectively, according to ages, sexes and trades; and what steps he is taking to reduce the number of unemployed.

The reply to the first part of the Question consists of a table of figures, and I will, with permission, circulate it in the

NUMBER OF PERSONS REGISTERED AS UNEMPLOYED AT EMPLOYMENT EXCHANGES AND YOUTH EMPLOYMENT OFFICES IN ABERDEEN AND IN THE REST OF ABERDEENSHIRE AT 12TH FEBRUARY, 1962
IndustryAberdeenAberdeen County (excluding Aberdeen)
MenBoysWomenGirlsTotalMenBoysWomenGirlsTotal
Agriculture and Horticulture122241281989163226
Fishing22522589434928
Food Industry8985841598951326232
Shipbuilding and Ship Repairing13721392626
Non-Electrical Engineering561360101920
Timber982110122426
Paper and Board82112297112
Construction2703427718633192
Railways36844718
Sea Transport14323166172221
Distributive Trades28610164124727911597156
Professional Services35387351924
Catering and Hotels107661174818329
Local Government Service14922117216420
Other Industries and Services7588280181,064215161519391
Total, all Industries and Services2,59358661393,3511,77386414282,301

OFFICIAL REPORT. As my right hon. Friend the President of the Board of Trade told the hon. and learned Member recently, continuing efforts are being made to encourage new industry in the area.

Does the Minister realise that this calls attention to a very important defect in Government administration, because alternate figures with regard to employment and unemployment affect our productivity and our exports, damage our economy very much, and demonstrate the Government's incapacity to deal with our economy? Will the Minister, therefore, consult the President of the Board of Trade, the Secretary of State for Scotland and the other relevant Ministers with a view to devising a constructive policy that will avoid these irregularities?

I am sure that the hon. and learned Gentleman knows that my right hon. Friend the Minister of Labour is in constant consultation with the Ministers he has mentioned. He might like to know that in Aberdeen itself unemployment between January and February fell by nearly 300.

Following is the table of figures: