HC Deb 19 March 1931 vol 249 cc2118-9
9. Mr. AYLES

asked the Minister of Labour the number of those who are in insurable occupations who have contracted out on each basis for which contracting out is recognised?


I am not quite sure what my hon. friend means by "contracting out." At the latest dates available there were about 137,000 persons covered by the two special schemes for insurance and banking, respectively; about 28,000 persons were covered by exemption certificates, and about 524,000 were covered by certificates of exception.

11. Mr. AYLES

asked the Minister of Labour what additional number of employés would be added to those insured for unemployment if those in uninsured occupations were included or if the income level was raised to £350 a year respectively?


Precise figures are not available, but it may be estimated that if all manual workers and all non-manual workers earning not more than £250 a year, aged 16 to 64 inclusive, employed under a contract of service, were included in the scheme of unemployment insurance, the numbers insured would be increased by about 3,500,000. I am unable to say how many would be added if the income limit for non-manual workers were raised to £350 a year.