HC Deb 12 December 1928 vol 223 cc2108-9

asked the Minister of Labour if he can give an estimate of the number of single men and single women unemployed between the ages of 20 and 30 in the mining areas; and the number of training centres for men in these areas and the approximate total accommodation therein, and the same figures for women?


The answer is necessarily somewhat long, and, with the hon. Member's permission, I will circulate it in the OFFICIAL REPORT.


Has the right hon. Gentleman considered the universities in this connection?

Following is the answer:

Statistics of the ages of unemployed insured persons are not regularly compiled, and figures are not available in respect of all such persons in mining areas. It is estimated, however, that at 22nd October approximately 25,000 single men aged 21 to 30, classified as belonging to the coal-mining industry, were recorded as wholly unemployed in Great Britain. Corresponding figures for single women are not available. There are no training centres actually in the mining areas for adult unemployed miners, but special arrangements have been made whereby about 1,175 young unemployed miners are attending the day training centres at Birmingham, Dudley, Wallsend, Bristol, and Glasgow. In addition, farm training for those wishing to take employment on the land in the Dominions is available at the Claydon and Brandon residential centres. Accommodation for training about 600 women is available at 19 centres established in the South Wales, Durham and Scottish mining areas.