HC Deb 26 October 1908 vol 194 c1571
MR. GOULDING (Worcester)

To ask the President of the Board of Trade whether he can state what is the information on which he bases his conclusion that there is more unemployment in this country than Germany.

(Answered by Mr. Churchill.) There are no comparable statistics of the degrees of unemployment in different countries, which vary relatively from time to time; and my statement was based upon a general survey of the conditions which appear to prevail at the present moment in Great Britain and Germany so far as they are known to the Board of Trade. These conditions have in Great Britain been peculiarly aggravated by the coincidence of an acute depression and protracted labour disputes.