Unemployment, Jamaica

Oral Answers to Questions — West Indies – in the House of Commons on 18th November 1942.

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Photo of Mr Benjamin Riley Mr Benjamin Riley , Dewsbury

asked the Under-Secretary of State for the Colonies whether a regular registration of unemployed workers is now in operation in Jamaica; the number so registered to the nearest approximate date; and what number of unemployed workers are at present engaged on relief work throughout the island?

Photo of Mr Harold Macmillan Mr Harold Macmillan , Stockton-on-Tees

There is an employment bureau in Kingston and several country centres for the registration of unemployed workers. I have no up-to-date figures of registered unemployed workers or of persons engaged on relief works. The Governor will be asked to supply the figures.

Photo of Mr Benjamin Riley Mr Benjamin Riley , Dewsbury

Does the information which the right hon. Gentleman has show that the number is diminishing or that it is increasing?

Photo of Mr Harold Macmillan Mr Harold Macmillan , Stockton-on-Tees

I have no very up-to-date figures; that is why I am asking for the most recent figures.

Photo of Mr Reginald Sorensen Mr Reginald Sorensen , Leyton West

When will those figures be available?

Photo of Mr Harold Macmillan Mr Harold Macmillan , Stockton-on-Tees

Perhaps the hon. Member will put down a Question shortly.