Miss Margaret Bondfield: I shall be glad to do anything in my power to encourage suitable systems of recruiting boys for skilled trades, but they do not fulfil the same function as the training scheme for adults.
Miss Margaret Bondfield: We constantly consult about these matters, but the training scheme is for adults.
Miss Margaret Bondfield: The number of disallowances by courts of referees in respect of refusal of employment with the Navy, Army, and Air Force Institutes during the three months ended 1st June was 440. Information regarding the number of vacancies notified is not available, but the number of placings effected during the same period was 246.
Miss Margaret Bondfield: I understand that this matter is being considered by the Commission.
Miss Margaret Bondfield: I think they would have to apply to be heard.
Miss Margaret Bondfield: Domestic circumstances known to the Employment Exchange, are taken into account in offering women employment at the seaside.
Miss Margaret Bondfield: That raises a very large question—the question of availability for employment.
Miss Margaret Bondfield: The Woolwich Borough Council have now submitted for consideration by the Unemployment Grants Committee one scheme, estimated to cost £8,500, and to provide employment for 50 men for nine months. The scheme is under consideration.
Miss Margaret Bondfield: The necessary information has been collected, and the paper will be issued as soon as it can be printed.
Miss Margaret Bondfield: The allegation that inferior work is being put into these houses is a matter outside my province. So far as unemployment benefit is concerned, the umpire has given his decision which is final.
Miss Margaret Bondfield: The position remains as I described it in a reply to my hon. Friend on the 3rd June.
Miss Margaret Bondfield: No date has been fixed, but I understand that it is likely to be in the autumn.
Miss Margaret Bondfield: This is purely a drafting Amendment. It was by an inadvertence that these words appeared in the Bill.
Miss Margaret Bondfield: The latest date for which an age analysis of unemployed persons is available is 2nd February, 1931. It is estimated as the result of a sample inquiry that out of 1,873,980 men and 600,479 women on the registers of Employment Exchanges at that date, 1,068,200 men and 468,400 women were aged 18 to 39 years, inclusive.
Miss Margaret Bondfield: The number of permits issued during the period 1st July, 1929, to 30th June, 1931, to enable Russians to enter this country to take up employment is 619. Of this number, 564 were in respect of theatrical, variety artistes and musicians. Permits are in most cases for short periods.
Miss Margaret Bondfield: The majority are not.
Miss Margaret Bondfield: Statistics are not available of the number of separate individuals who have had a claim to benefit disallowed within a given period. During the 12 months ended 8th June, 1931, 13,179,231 fresh and renewal claims to benefit were made at Employment Exchanges in Great Britain and 674,835 claims were disallowed by Court of Referees. In the 12 months ended 70th June, 1929, the number of fresh and...
Miss Margaret Bondfield: The total number of persons employed is estimated to be in the neighbourhood of 18,000,000. If they all paid Unemployment Insurance contributions at current rates, the gross income of the Unemployment Fund from contributions, which is now about £45 millions per annum, would be increased by about 50 per cent.
Miss Margaret Bondfield: This application has been considered by the Unemployment Grants Committee, who have felt unable to recommend grant.
Miss Margaret Bondfield: Since 1st June, 1929, three schemes of a total estimated cost of £34,700 have been submitted by the Eston Urban District Council and have been approved. One of these, estimated to cost £10,500 was subsequently withdrawn and the other two are now completed. During the same period the Redcar Borough Council submitted 31 schemes, estimated to cost £119,600. Of these schemes, six, estimated to...