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Aged Spinsters (Industrial1 Employment)

Volume 391: debated on Tuesday 13 July 1943

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asked the Minister of Health whether he will give an estimate of the total number of unmarried women of 55 years of age and over and also of 60 years of age and over, and the proportion in each class who are industrially employed?

The figures for which my hon. Friend asks are as follow:—

Single women aged 55 and over760,000
Widowed women aged 55 and over1,680,000
Single women aged 60 and over560,000
Widowed women aged 60 and over1,430,000
I am informed by my right hon. Friend the Minister of Labour and National Service that about 1 in 7 of those aged 55 and over and 1 in 10 of those aged 60 and over are industrially employed.