§ 56. Mr. Grimond
asked the Minister of Labour how unemployment in Shetland and the seven crofting counties, respectively, compares, over last year, with the general United Kingdom rate.
§ The Parliamentary Secretary to the Ministry of Labour and National Service (Mr. Harold Watkinson)
As the reply includes a Table of figures I will, if I may, circulate it in the OFFICIAL REPORT.
§ Mr. Grimond
Is it not the case that unemployment, at least in certain of the crofter counties, has been consistently higher; and if that is the case, can the hon. Gentleman say what the Government propose to do to reduce it?
§ Mr. Watkinson
Perhaps the hon. Gentleman would have a look at the figures. It is quite true, as he rightly says, that the position, particularly in the Shetlands, must cause my right hon. and learned Friend grave concern. He is watching the position very carefully.
§ Mr. Patrick Maitland
Can the figures for 1950 be included in the information my hon. Friend is giving to the House?
§ Following is the reply:991
|PERCENTAGE RATES OF UNEMPLOYMENT IN THE UNDERMENTIONED AREAS: MAY, 1951-MAY, 1952|
|Area||Number of unemployed persons on the registers of Employment Exchanges in the area named in Col. (1) expressed as percentage of the estimated total number of employees in the area of those Exchanges|
|21st May, 1951||13th Aug., 1951||12th Nov., 1951||11th Feb., 1952||12th May, 1952|
|Counties of Caithness, Ross and Cromarty, Sutherland, Inverness Argyle.*||5.4||4.4||6.5||8.7||5.7|
|* Owing to the fact that the boundaries of employment exchange areas do not coincide with county boundaries it is not possible to provide separate figures for each of these counties.|