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Volume 465: debated on Tuesday 17 May 1949

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asked the Minister of Labour the unemployment figures in Cornwall to the latest available date.

Two thousand, five hundred and forty-eight at 11th April.

Can the Minister account for the rise in this unemployment figure, and has he any satisfactory solution for it?

Until I had checked this with the previous figure I could not say that there was a rise. I will look at the figures, and if there is any further information, I will give it to the hon. Gentleman.

I am surprised that the Minister does not exactly know the figure until he checks it up. The most pertinent point I wish to put to him is, will he see to it that he does everything possible to see that this figure decreases?

I am surprised at the hon. Gentleman's surprise. He asked me for the latest figure and I got it for him. If he had asked me how that compared with the previous one I would have done it for him. As to the second part of the hon. Gentleman's supplementary question, we are always doing what we can.