asked the Minister of Labour the number of unemployed on 10th June and on 10th March; and the respective amounts paid out on those two dates in unemployment donation?
The number of persons on the Live Registers of Employment Exchanges in Great Britain on 6th June, the latest date for which figures are available, was about 1,440,200, compared with 1,708,747 on 6th March. A part of this decrease arises from the temporary exhaustion of benefit. The amounts paid in benefit were approximately £529,000 for the week ended 10th June and £1,180,000 for the week ended 11th March.
Do these figures include the men coming under the Clause relating to the five weeks' pay?
Yes, Sir, those are included.
asked the Minister of Labour haw many persons he reckons are now unemployed in Great Britain; and how many of these are not drawing the unemployment insurance money?
The number of men, women, boys and girls on the Live Registers of Employment Exchanges in Great Britain at 6th June was about 1,440,200, compared with 1,617,082 at 1st May. I am unable to state precisely the number of persons unemployed not included in these figures, but I have no reason to believe that it is very large. Of the 1,440,200 persons registered as unemployed, about 757,000 were in receipt of unemployment benefit. Many of the remainder will be eligible for benefit again as from 15th June, if still unemployed, genuinely unable to obtain work, and otherwise satisfying the conditions laid down.