HC Deb 24 November 1926 vol 200 c387

asked the Minister of Labour whether he will give the figures showing the aggregate number of days lost for which benefit was claimed by insured persons under the Unemployment Acts in 1919, 1920, 1921, 1922, 1923, 1924, and 1925, respectively?


I will circulate a statement in the OFFICIAL REPORT.

Following is the statement:

The total number of days of unemployment for which unemployment benefit under the Unemployment Insurance Acts was paid was approximately as follows:

1921 453,300,000
1922 345,100,000
1923 287,700,000
1924 258,500,000
1925 273,700,000
Corresponding figures for 1919 and 1920 are as follows, but it should be noted that they are on a different basis from the figures for later years owing to the fact that the extended scheme of unemployment insurance did not come into operation till November, 1920:
1919 7,600,000
1920 24,200,000
The above totals do not include days of unemployment for which benefit was not paid owing to waiting periods, disqualification for benefit, or other reasons, and during 1919, 1920 and 1921 there were in addition days of unemployment for which out-of-work donation, as distinct from unemployment insurance benefit, was paid. The requisite statistics are not available regarding these additional days of unemployment.