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At 26th October, 1936, there were 96,989 unemployed juveniles, between the ages of 14 and 18 years, on the registers of Employment Exchanges and Juvenile Employment Bureaux in Great Britain; of these 49,541 were under 16 years of age. I am not in possession of information showing the numbers of these who were still at school, but a special return which was obtained for 22nd June, 1936, showed that of 43,331 juveniles under 16 years of age who were on the registers at that date, 10,375 were in whole-time attendance at day-schools. Statistics are not available as to the total numbers of juveniles in employment, but an approximation to the numbers of insured juveniles in employment can be obtained, for the end of June of each year, by deducting the numbers of such juveniles recorded as unemployed at that date from the total numbers of insured juveniles as estimated on the basis of the annual exchange of unemployment books. At the end of June, 1936, the number of insured juveniles under 18 years of age, exclusive of those insured under the agricultural scheme, is estimated to have been approximately 1,945,000, of whom 62,385 were recorded as unemployed at 22nd June. As regards persons insured under the agricultural scheme the total number of juveniles, under 18 years of age, to whom unemployment books had been issued at the end of June, 1936, was about 70,000; the number of such juveniles recorded as unemployed at 22nd June was 374.
The National Advisory Councils for Juvenile Employment are at present reviewing the system of authorised courses and the question of providing meals in junior instruction centres.
Can the right lion. Gentleman tell us when these inquiries are likely to come to an end, as this matter has been in the hands of his Department for 15 months, and whether the Special Commissioner has specially considered it?
Will the right hon. Gentleman see that the report is expedited and see that there should not be so much complaint about the physical condition of the children, but that they should be fed?