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Oral Answers to Questions — Unemployment. – in the House of Commons on 11th June 1931.

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Photo of Mr Archibald Gossling Mr Archibald Gossling , Birmingham, Yardley

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asked the Minister of Labour the number of men from 21 to 64 years of age, the number of women from 21 to 64 years of age, the number of young men from 18 to 21 years of age, the number of young women from 18 to 21 years of age, the number of boys from 16 to 18 years of age, and the number of girls from 16 to 18 years of age registered in insurable trades?

Photo of Miss Margaret Bondfield Miss Margaret Bondfield , Wallsend

As the reply includes a table of figure, I will circulate a statement in the OFFICIAL REPORT.

Following is the statement:

Estimated Numbers of Insured Persons in Great Britain in various age-groups at July, 1930.
Age Group.Males.Females.
16–17595,000449,000
18–20945,000690,000
21–647,229,0002,230,000
Total8,769,0003,369,000

Corresponding figures for a later date are not available.

Photo of Mr Arthur Steel-Maitland Mr Arthur Steel-Maitland , Tamworth

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asked the Minister of Labour what is the number of persons who it is estimated or assumed for the purpose of the Ministry of Labour Estimates will be in receipt of transitional benefit on 15th October next?

Photo of Miss Margaret Bondfield Miss Margaret Bondfield , Wallsend

I would refer the right hon. Member to the reply given to the hon. Member for East Lewisham (Sir A. Pownall) on 14th May, of which I am sending him a copy.

Photo of Mr Arthur Steel-Maitland Mr Arthur Steel-Maitland , Tamworth

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asked the Minister of Labour if she will state in what trades the principal part of the increase last week in unemployment took place; and to what extent it was due to prolongation of the Whitsuntide holidays?

Photo of Miss Margaret Bondfield Miss Margaret Bondfield , Wallsend

A detailed industrial analysis of the numbers unemployed at 1st June is not available, but the increase over the figure for 18th May occurred almost entirely in the North-Western, North-Eastern and Midlands Divisions and was due very largely to the extension of Whitsuntide stoppages. The increase appears to have occurred mainly in the textile and coalmining industries, and also to some extent in the metal trades.