Statistics.

Oral Answers to Questions — Unemployment. – in the House of Commons at on 29 May 1930.

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Mr. R. S. YOUNG:

6.

asked the Minister of Labour the latest figures of unemployment for that part of England, not Wales, south of a line drawn from Gloucester to King's Lynn; what percentage these figures represent in the area concerned; and how it compares both in total and percentage with the corresponding period of last year?

Photo of Miss Margaret Bondfield Miss Margaret Bondfield , Wallsend

At 19th May, 1930, the number of persons on the registers of Employment Exchanges in the London, South-Eastern and South-Western Divisions of England, which include approximately the area referred to in the question, was 301,262 or 7.6 per cent. of the total insured population in those Divisions. The corresponding figures for 27th May, 1929, were 197,675 and 5.2 per cent. respectively.

Photo of Commander Hon. Joseph Kenworthy Commander Hon. Joseph Kenworthy , Kingston upon Hull Central

I suppose that the right hon. Lady has no means of including agricultural labourers who are out of work?

Photo of Miss Margaret Bondfield Miss Margaret Bondfield , Wallsend

Only such as register at the Exchanges as unemployed.

Photo of Mr George Shield Mr George Shield , Wansbeck

14.

asked the Minister of Labour the number of persons in receipt of out-door relief or institutional treatment at 13th March who have been transferred to employment insurance and are in receipt of unemployment benefit or maintaining registration?

Photo of Miss Margaret Bondfield Miss Margaret Bondfield , Wallsend

Precise statistics on this point are not available, but it is estimated provisionally that at the end of April, 1930, there had been a reduction of approximately 50,000, exclusive of dependants, in the number of persons in receipt of out-door relief in Great Britain, through the operation of the Unemployment Insurance Act, 1930.

Photo of Mr Campbell Stephen Mr Campbell Stephen , Glasgow Camlachie

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asked the Minister of Labour the number of men and women, respectively, whose claims for unemployment benefit were refused on the not normally in insurable employment disqualification for each of the months from July, 1929, to March, 1930?

Photo of Miss Margaret Bondfield Miss Margaret Bondfield , Wallsend

As the reply includes a number of figures, I will, if I may, circulate a statement in the OFFICIAL REPORT.

Following is the statement:

Separate figures in respect of the number of claims to benefit disallowed on the ground "not normally insurable and not seeking to obtain a livelihood by means of insurable employment" are not available for the period 10th September, 1929, to 12th March, 1930. For this period the figures include also disallowances on the ground "not a reasonable period of insurable employment during the preceding two years."
Number of Claims to benefit disallowed.
Ground of disallowance.Males.Females.Total.
Not normally insurable and not seeking to obtain a livelihood by means of insurable employment:
9th July, 1929, to 12th August, 19297095581,267
13th August, 1929, to 9th September, 19296325721,204
Not normally insurable and not seeking to obtain a livelihood by means of insurable employment and not a reasonable period of insurable employment during the preceding two years:
10th September, 1929, to 14th October, 19298,4452,84411,289
15th October, 1929, to 11th November, 19297,6272,44410,071
12th November, 1929, to 9th December, 19296,6172,0688,685
10th December, 1929, to 13th January, 19307,4542,4599,913
14th January, 1930, to 10th February, 19306,9422,6929,634
11th February, 1930, to 12th March, 19305,9172,6778,594