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Volume 245: debated on Monday 24 November 1930

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asked the Minister of Labour how many aliens are registered as unemployed at Employment Exchanges in this country?

I regret that statistics giving the information desired are not available.

Is there any possibility of getting this information by any further application?

I am afraid not. As a matter of fact, the only interest which the Ministry of Labour has in these matters is as to whether the person is insurable and whether he is insured.


asked the Minister of Health how many aliens were in receipt of Poor Law relief on the last available date?

Could the hon. Lady state whether any aliens are drawing unemployment relief in this country?


asked the Home Secretary whether a record is kept of the names, addresses and occupations of all aliens registered with the police in this country; and whether he will consider the desirability of publishing in tabulated form the number of aliens now engaged in each occupation, respectively, and the number of those unemployed?

The particulars specified in the first paragraph are among those with which aliens must provide the Registration Officer when registering under Article 6 of the Aliens Order. The records are not tabulated so as to show occupations, and no purpose commensurate with the expense would be served by making a change in this respect. My right hon. Friend regrets he is unable to take the course suggested in the last part of the question.