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Unemployed Reservists

Volume 319: debated on Tuesday 2 February 1937

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asked the Secretary of State for War the total number of Army reservists now unemployed?

Inquiries were recently made of 113,793 Army reservists regarding their employment situation. 7,782 failed to reply, but of the balance 88,954, or 84 per cent., were recorded as being in employment, and 17,057, or 16 per cent., unemployed.

Am I to understand that this is the result of special investigations, and that the right hon. Gentleman does not receive periodical reports from the Ministry of Labour?

We keep in touch with the Ministry of Labour all the time as regards the employment of ex-service men.

Can the right hon. Gentleman say how many of these men are long-term unemployed men?