The statistics for Stoke-on-Trent supplied to the Barlow Commission by the Ministry of Labour give a fair impression of the course of development in the whole Stoke district in the fifteen years before the war. The proportion of women normally working in industry in the Stoke district is high; in 1939 there were 52 insured women and girls aged between 16 and 64 to every hundred insured boys and men in the Stoke district, as against 39 for every hundred in Great Britain. The economic outlook for the Stoke district is on the whole favourable; the district should not in any case be worse off than before the war, and with reasonably good management should do much better. The scope for an expansion of the service industries is obvious enough from what has been said on living and working conditions in the Stoke district.