20. Mr. TREVELYAN THOMSON
asked the Minister of Labour if any information or figures are available which will indicate the approximate proportion of those drawing unemployment benefit who are compelled, on account of the inadequacy of the amount, to supplement the same by application to the Poor Law guardians for out-relief?
§ Mr. SHAW
Periodic statistics are not kept of the number of claimants to benefit who are also in receipt of poor relief. A special analysis of a selection of 10,000 claims to benefit taken in November last showed that at that date about 10 per cent. of the male claimants, and 404 about 1 per cent. of the female claimants whose claims to unemployment benefit were analysed were also in receipt of poor relief.
§ Mr. MASTERMAN
Has not the right hon. Gentleman issued through his Department a statement that 500,000 of those receiving unemployment benefit are also receiving Poor Law relief?
§ Lord EUSTACE PERCY
If the proportions were the same, would not that give us an unemployed figure of 5,000,000?