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Volume 463: debated on Tuesday 29 March 1949

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asked the Minister of Labour if he can give the unemployed figures for men and women separately for the years ending 1938 and 1948 in the Houghton-le-Spring urban area and Sunderland rural district area.

Statistics of unemployment are compiled for employment exchange areas and not for local government areas. There is no employment exchange in the Sunderland rural district, and unemployed persons resident in that area register at employment exchanges in adjoining areas. The following table gives the available figures for the Houghton-le-Spring employment exchange and youth employment bureau:

There are 176 severely disabled persons employed in the four Remploy factories so far opened in the West Riding. The number of disabled persons registered at local offices throughout the West Riding and considered to be in need of sheltered employment is 927. It is expected that the first of the Leeds factories will be in a position to engage disabled persons in about two months' time