Mr. J. H. THOMAS
I am informed by the Governor that no statistics of employment are available, apart from those recently furnished in paragraph 22 of Command Paper 4910. The total number of persons, including dependents, in receipt of Government relief at the end of May was 66,900, as against 72,691 in 1934 and 87,412 in 1933. The number of families on relief in St. John's was 219, as against 382 in 1934 and 407 in 1933.
I am glad to have this opportunity of stating that, since the recent Command Paper on the unemployment situation in Newfoundland was issued, the Governor has reported by telegram that the spring fishery all round the Island is giving better results than any experienced since 1928, and that prospects for a successful season are hopeful.
My hon. Friend knows perfectly well that all these questions are directed to getting information for Thursday, and that is why I have given him everything in my possession. So that there should be nothing lacking, I telegraphed to the Governor, and this is the reply. If my hon. Friend adds this to the information issued a few days ago, his own information will be up-to-date.
I am sure my hon. Friend will be the first to admit that there is very much information in the statement that the fishing industry this season shows a greater improvement than in any season since 1928. All Members of the House will welcome that statement.