HC Deb 14 November 1929 vol 231 cc2191-2
21. Lieut.-Colonel ACLAND-TROYTE

asked the Minister of Labour the numbers employed in the lace-making industry on 30th June in each of the years 1920, 1925, and 1929?


Comparable statistics regarding the numbers of insured persons in particular industries are not available for any date before June, 1923. I will, if I may, circulate in the OFFICIAL REPORT a statement giving such information as is available for the end of June in the years 1923, 1925 and 1929.

Brigadier-General Sir HENRY CROFT

Will the right hon. Lady also give the number of working hours?


I will do my best.

Lieut.-Colonel ACLAND-TROYTE

Do not the figures show the very great success of Safeguarding?


Is my right hon. Friend aware that a very large number of lacemakers are working half-time?

Following is the statement:

Insured persons aged 16–64, classified as belonging to the Lace Industry in Great Britain.
Date. Estimated numbers insured. Insured persons unemployed. Differnce.
End of June, 1923 20,230 4,690 15,540
End of June, 1925 18,540 3,220 15,320
End of June, 1929 16,290 1,655 15,265