§ The MINISTER of HEALTH (Mr. Chamberlain)
With the permission of the hon. Member, I will circulate in the OFFICIAL REPORT a statement giving the information that is available.
§ Mr. CHAMBERLAIN
They are higher at the beginning of the period and lower at the end of the period.
§ Mr. H. WILLIAMS
Will the statement say what proportion of these able-bodied persons are signing the registers at the Employment Exchanges?
§ Mr. TAYLOR
Can the right hon. Gentleman say whether these figures will give any indication of the proportion of ex-service men who are recipients of Poor Law relief?
§ Following is the statement:
§ Figures based on a classification distinguishing "able-bodied" persons are not now obtained. The average numbers of males over 16 years of age ordinarily engaged in some regular occupation, and the average number of females over 16 years of age who were ordinarily so engaged or were the dependent wives of men ordinarily so engaged who were in receipt of domiciliary Poor Law relief in England and Wales during the months of January, February, March and April, 1926 and 1927, were as follow: