HC Deb 14 May 1924 vol 173 cc1334-5
43. Mr. H. H. SPENCER

asked the Minister of Labour if he can give the figures for unemployment in Bradford in December last, about the date of the General Election, and those of the 28th April; and whether he can give the House any reasons for the very great improvement in the condition of employment during the last five months?


On 28th April the number of insured workpeople in Bradford registered as unemployed or working systematic short-time was 6,265, as compared with 12,882 at 21st December, 1923. About two-thirds of this decrease is attributable to the woollen and worsted industry, in which there has been a continuous improvement since December. There has also been an improvement in the last three months in the Bradford engineering and ironfounding trades. I could not undertake to specify the reasons for the improvement in trade which has taken place.


Is the right hon. Gentleman aware that just before the General Election there was a demand by a section of the manufacturers of Bradford to get 33⅓ per cent. under the Safeguarding of Industries Act, and that it was refused and we have done without it?


I am quite aware of that.


Is it not a fact that the Minister of Labour could answer that the state of trade has improved ever since the Labour Government came into office?


Can the right hon. Gentleman supply figures for Bradford as to how much drink is consumed by the unemployed in Bradford as compared with Glasgow?