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Oral Answers to Questions — Unemployment. – in the House of Commons on 13th March 1929.

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Photo of Major-General Sir Alfred Knox Major-General Sir Alfred Knox , Wycombe

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asked the Minister of Labour what number of local workers and of men from other districts, respectively, have been found employment by the Slough Employment Exchange since the 1st January; and what number of local workers are still unemployed?

Photo of Sir Henry Betterton Sir Henry Betterton , Rushcliffe

During the nine weeks ended 4th March, 1929, 268 local workers (including 205 men) and 103 men from other Employment Exchange districts have been found employment through the Slough Employment Ex-change. At 4th March, 1929, there were 478 men and 14 women on the registers of that Exchange. These figures include a substantial number of workers temporarily stood off from their employment owing to severe weather conditions.

Photo of Major-General Sir Alfred Knox Major-General Sir Alfred Knox , Wycombe

Does not the hon. Member think that it would be better to postpone further transfers until the local unemployed are absorbed?

Photo of Sir Henry Betterton Sir Henry Betterton , Rushcliffe

I would point out that the insured population is not less than 9,000, and that at the end of 1928 unemployment in Slough was only just over 2 per cent.

Mr. BECKETT:

Can the hon. Member say what proportion of the 400 unemployed are receiving unemployment relief?