HC Deb 31 March 1909 vol 3 c340
Mr. G. A. GIBBS (for Mr. Staveley-Hill)

asked the Prime Minister whether he will have an inquiry instituted to acquire data which would give an accurate idea of the numbers and composition of the unemployed and the duration of their unemployment, in view of the opinion expressed in the Majority Report of the Poor Law Commission that the ascertainment of the particulars is essential to the successful treatment of distress from unemployment?


I am well aware of the importance of the matter to which the hon. Member refers, but I understand that no feasible plan for conducting such an inquiry with any prospect of success has yet been suggested. I shall be happy to consider at any time any positive suggestions that the hon. Member may have to offer.