Oral Answers to Questions — Unemployment (Statistics).

– in the House of Commons on 13th December 1934.

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Photo of Lieut-Colonel Sir Arnold Wilson Lieut-Colonel Sir Arnold Wilson , Hitchin


(for Wing-Commander JAMES) asked the Minister of Labour whether either accurate figures or any estimate is available of the number of persons born outside Great Britain now in receipt of transitional benefit and of public assistance, respectively; and, if so, what are their countries of origin?


I regret that no information is available on this subject.

Photo of Mr George Buchanan Mr George Buchanan , Glasgow Gorbals


(for Mr. McGOVERN) asked the Minister of Labour the number of building trade workers who were unemployed at the latest available date and for the same period of each year from 1929, and the numbers who are at present unemployed in each trade?


As the reply includes a number of figures, I will, with the hon. Member's permission, circulate a statement in the OFFICIAL REPORT.

Following is the statement:

(a) Insured persons aged 16 to 64 in the building industry classification recorded as unemployed in Great Britain.

26th November, 1934177,585
20th November, 1933181,142
21st November, 1932257,534
23rd November, 1931225,184
24th November, 1930170,485
25th November, 1929129,138

(b) Numbers unemployed at 26th November, 1934, classified by occupations.

Slaters and Tilers1,237
Labourers to above and Builders' Labourers47,310
Navvies, etc., and General Labourers32,431
All other occupations29,827

Photo of Mr George Hall Mr George Hall , Merthyr Tydfil Aberdare


asked the Minister of Labour the number of persons in receipt of transitional benefit who have no dependants, those who are married, and those with one, two, three, four, five, and more dependent children in receipt of benefit; and will he give the number in each group separately?


The latest statistics as to the number of dependants of persons in receipt of transitional payments relate to the end of December, 1932, when particulars were obtained as a result of a sample inquiry covering one in 300 of the persons insured against unemployment. I am sending the hon. Member a copy of the issue of the Ministry of Labour Gazette for October, 1933, on page 360 of which these statistics are summarised.

Photo of Mr George Hall Mr George Hall , Merthyr Tydfil Aberdare

Will the right hon. Gentleman bring this information up to date? It is important in view of the changes which have been brought about.


That is being done, but the result is not yet available.