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Physical Training

Volume 319: debated on Tuesday 2 February 1937

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asked the President of the Board of Education whether he is in a position to announce the Government's plans for improving the national standard of physical fitness?

I hope that a White Paper explaining the Government's proposals will be issued on Thursday next.

The statistics of employment compiled by the Ministry of Labour relate only to workpeople insured under the Unemployment Insurance Acts, and figures for individual industries can be given only for 1923 and subsequent years. The following table gives the available information for the cotton industry in Great Britain for 1923, 1925 and 1935:—
Date.Age-group.Estimated numbers insured.Numbers of insured unemployed.Difference.
June, 192318 years and over511,680114,161397,519
16 and 1755,7608,02147,739
June, 192518 years and over519,72046,844472,876
16 and 1753,4301,95851,472
June, 193518 to 64421,39096,922324,468
16 and 1720,9401,36319,577
14 and 1527,10077226,328