§ 98. Mr. CROFT
asked the President of the Board of Trade whether he is able to give a Return showing the number of recipients and the amount paid in unemployment benefits under the National Insurance Act for the months of January, February, and March of the current year?
The PARLIAMENTARY SECRETARY to the BOARD of TRADE (Mr. Robertson)
I regret that I am unable to grant a Return in the form asked for by the hon. Member. Information as to the amount of benefit paid out direct by the local offices of the Unemployment Fund each week is now available, but this is only a part of the expenditure on benefits for unemployment, as many workmen obtain their benefits through associations. Information as to payments through such associations will not be available for some months, and information as to the number of separate individuals to whom any payment has been made will not be available till the end of the year.
The information specified by the hon. Member could be given as regards the year 1911, but complete returns from the 100 principal trade unions for 1912 will not be available for some months.