Statistics (New Schemes).

Oral Answers to Questions — Unemployment. – in the House of Commons at on 17 December 1929.

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Photo of Lieut-Colonel Charles Howard-Bury Lieut-Colonel Charles Howard-Bury , Chelmsford

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asked the Lord Privy Seal whether he is now in a position to give the numbers of unemployed that have been engaged and taken on for work on the new schemes initiated by him during the past six months?

Mr. THOMAS:

I would refer the hon. and gallant Gentleman to the reply which I gave on the 10th December to the hon. Member for North Newcastle (Sir N. Grattan-Doyle), of which I am sending him a copy.

Photo of Lieut-Colonel Charles Howard-Bury Lieut-Colonel Charles Howard-Bury , Chelmsford

Is the Lord Privy Seal satisfied with the results of the schemes, seeing that unemployment figures are rising so rapidly every week?

Mr. THOMAS:

I am never satisfied while there is any unemployment. It is quite true that the figures have risen, but it is equally true that they are nearly 200,000 better than they were on the 31st of December last year.

Photo of Sir Nicholas Grattan-Doyle Sir Nicholas Grattan-Doyle , Newcastle upon Tyne North

May I ask whether, since the date he gave the answer to the hon. Member for Newcastle North (Sir N. Grattan-Doyle), any new schemes have been sanctioned, and, if so, what has been the result?

Mr. THOMAS:

Yes, on Friday I shall be delighted to give the hon. Member the further information.

Photo of Sir Archibald Sinclair Sir Archibald Sinclair , Caithness and Sutherland

Is not a comparison of the figures of unemployment a fortnight before Christmas with the numbers unemployed a week after Christmas, a rather misleading comparison?

Mr. THOMAS:

It is because I have endeavoured to show the seasonal fluctuations that I have repeatedly stated that I would not allow the right hon Member for Carnarvon Boroughs (Mr. Lloyd George) to judge unemployment on that basis.

Photo of Mr Archibald Skelton Mr Archibald Skelton , Perth

With regard to new schemes, may I ask whether the right hon. Gentleman has definitely and finally turned down land colonisation?