Ceisteanna—Questions. Oral Answers. - Employment in Building Trades.

asked the Minister for Industry and Commerce if he will state the number of persons normally employed in the building trades (setting out separately the figures for each craft and for builders' labourers) who were registered as unemployed at each of the following dates in 1934, 1935 and 1936, i.e., the first week in January, April, July and October.

In regard to the figures required in respect of the months of January and April in the years 1934, 1935 and 1936, I would refer the Deputy to my reply to a question addressed to me by Deputy Davin on the 16th June, 1936.

A statement showing the total number of persons in the building trade group who were on the live register during the first week of July and October in each of the years 1934 and 1935 and the first week of July, 1936, will be circulated with the official report.

Corresponding figures for the first week of October, 1936, are not yet available.

Following is the statement:—

DATE

Carpenters

Bricklayers

Masons

Plasterers and Tilers

Painters

Plumbers and Glaziers

Builders' Labourers

Total in Building Trade

1934

2nd July

548

35

265

70

385

170

2,968

4,441

7th October

630

68

278

62

607

147

3,675

5,467

1935

1st July

871

60

274

72

479

152

4,405

6,313

6th October

764

74

237

53

599

108

4,473

6,308

1936

6th July

568

42

165

116

354

95

3,586

4,926

Can the Minister say when the October figures are likely to be available?

They will be available very shortly—in a few weeks' time.