HC Deb 27 May 1908 vol 189 c1100
MR. GOULDING (Worcester)

I beg to ask the President of the Board of Trade whether, seeing that his Department is unaware of any source of information enabling him to frame a statistical estimate of the numbers unemployed both among organised workers whose unions do not pay unemployed benefit, and also among unorganised and nonunion workers, and seeing the importance of this information, he will take steps forthwith to devise a means of obtaining it, or appoint a Committee for the purpose.


I do not think a Committee on this subject could add to the information at present in the possession of the Department which has for several years been carefully and systematically studying the means of improving the statistics of unemployment. I understand that the question is also before the Royal Commission on Poor Law and Distress. If the hon. Member has any definite suggestions to offer, or if he wishes to obtain any explanation on particular points, the Board of Trade officials will always be happy to confer with him.

MR. FLYNN (Cork, N.)

Is the right hon. Gentleman aware that during the regime of the last Government no reflection was cast by hon. Members on these Returns?

[No Answer was returned.]