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Building Industry (Craftsmen)

Volume 888: debated on Tuesday 18 March 1975

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asked the Secretary of State for Employment whether he is satisfied with the current rate of unemployment of craftsmen in the building industry in the Greater London area; and what plans he has for discussions with local authorities to encourage them to make fuller use of such skills through the employment of direct labour.

Unemployment among building trade craftsmen both in Greater London and elsewhere is a matter for concern, and is one of many factors which will, no doubt, be taken into account by my right hon. Friend the Chancellor of the Exchequer in his Budget deliberations. Questions about the expansion of local authorities' direct labour departments are for my right hon. Friend the Secretary of State for the Environment.