§ Dr. Godman
asked the Secretary of State for Scotland what is his estimate of the number of unemployed construction workers in (a) Greenock and Port Glasgow, (b) Strathclyde and (c) Scotland as a whole.
§ Mr. Allan Stewart
The most recent information on unemployed construction workers relates to spring 1984 and comes from the labour force survey. From this source the Department of Employment estimates at 33,000 the number of people looking for work in Scotland during the week prior to the survey, whose last job was in the construction industry and who had been unemployed for less than three years. Sample sizes are too small to provide reliable estimates for Strathclyde or Greenock and Port Glasgow.