asked the Minister of Labour what were the number and percentage of registered unemployed in 1923–24, over four years after the end of the First World War, and in 1948–49, a little less than four years after the Second World War.
In 1923 and 1924 the average numbers of insured persons unemployed in Great Britain were 1,300,000 and 1,160,000, respectively, or about 11½ per cent. and 10 per cent. of the insured population. In the period January, 1948, to April, 1949, the corresponding average was 315,000, representing rather less than 2 per cent. of the insured population.