HC Deb 02 December 1908 vol 197 cc1457-8
MR. PICKERSGILL (Bethnal Green, S.W.)

I beg to ask Mr. Chancellor of the Exchequer whether he will lay a translation of the Report of an investigation by the German Imperial Statistical Office into the feasibility of insurance against unemployment, undertaken in conformity with a Resolution of the Reichstag.


The Report referred to by my hon. friend, which was published in 1906, is a very large one, consisting of 1,470 folio pages in three volumes. It discusses in great detail all the various experiments made in different countries for the insurance of work- people against unemployment, but it does not attempt to formulate any proposals. The Report was reviewed at some length in the Board of Trade Labour Gazette of August, 1906. Information upon this subject was published by the Board of Trade in the Report on Agencies and Methods for dealing with the Unemployed in foreign countries [Cd. 2304 of 1904); and I understand that the Poor Law Commission will also publish a Memorandum, which practically brings that Report up to date as regards this subject. In the circumstances mentioned it does not seem necessary to undertake the lengthy and expensive task of translating the German volumes. They are, however, open to the inspection of the hon. Member at any time.

SIR PHILIP MAGNUS (London University)

Is the right hon. Gentleman aware of the great decrease in the number of young persons in secondary schools who at the present moment are learning German, and will he take steps—


Order, order. That has nothing whatever to do with the Question on the Paper.