HC Deb 28 January 1937 vol 319 cc1042-3
14. Mr. R. J. Taylor

asked the Minister of Labour the number of miners of 60 years of age and over; how many are employed; and how many are unemployed?

Mr. E. Brown

I regret that statistics giving the information desired are not available.

Mr. Taylor

The Department recently issued several tables dealing with ages, and further, they can tell an insured worker on the day before he is 65.

Mr. Brown

That is a different issue. The hon. Member asked for a wide statement. I have not the available information.

Mr. E. J. Williams

Is it not possible to get these figures?

Mr. Brown

Not in this form.

Mr. George Griffiths

If the Minister has not got them how is it that the P.E.P. Association across the road can get them any day they like?

Mr. Lawson

Is the right hon. Gentleman not aware that there was in the last Ministry of Labour Gazette a whole series of figures dealing with the periods of those out of work, the numbers out of work, the variations in each industry and the ages in the industry? Would not that material be gathered at the Employment Exchanges?

Mr. Brown

That is exactly what I was saying. The hon. Member has asked for a general statement in two ways. It is not possible to give that. I have always tried to meet particular points in particular cases.

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