Ceisteanna—Questions. Oral Answers. - Employment in Industry.

asked the Minister for Industry and Commerce if he will state the total number of persons employed on the 1st March, 1936, in the manufacture of: (1) tobacco, (2) boots and shoes, (3) soap and candles, (4) sugar confectionery, including jam, (5) brush-making, (6) shirt-making, (7) blanket-making, (8) hosiery, (9) wholesale clothing (namely, men's and boys' factory-made clothing, etc.), (10) furniture, (11) oatmeal, (12) margarine, (13) woollens, (14) glass bottles, (15) metallic beds, (16) down quilts, (17) rosary beads, and the number of separate businesses in respect of which this enumeration of employment is made.

As the answer to the Deputy's question contains a number of figures it will be circulated with the Official Report.

Following is the statement:

The full information is not available in the precise form covered by the question. The total number of persons employed on the 2nd March, 1936, in the following industries and the number of separate businesses in respect of which the employment figures are quoted were as follows:—

Persons Employed

No. of Firms

1. Tobacco

2,195

16

2. Boots and Shoes (including rubber footwear)

5,168

25

3. Soap and Candles

771

17

4. Sugar Confectionery (including jam)

5,245

56

5. Brush Making

415

25

6. Shirts and Collars

2,197

41

7. Blankets, Blanketing and Rugs (other than floor rugs)

541

24

8. Hosiery and Knitted Goods

4,064

74

9. Wholesale Clothing (i.e., men's and boys' factory-made clothing), Hats, Caps, Ties and Umbrellas

4,616

81

10. Furniture

1,821

163

11. Oatmeal

633

99

12. Margarine

200

3

13. Woollens and Worsteds

2,221

30

16. Down Quilts and Quilt Covers

91

4

14. Glass Bottles

385

1

15. Metallic Bedsteads

2

17. Rosary Beads

2

Separate particulars of employment in the glass bottle, metallic bedstead and rosary bead industries could not be given without disclosing information concerning the business of individual firms.