HC Deb 01 July 1937 vol 325 cc2124-5
13. Mr. Thorne

asked the Minister of Labour for each year from 1934 to 1936, and for the nearest available date, the average number of unemployed persons in the borough of West Ham, showing those in receipt of unemployment benefit and public assistance, respectively, in each of the said years?

Mr. E. Brown

As the reply includes a tabular statement, I will, if I may, circulate it in the OFFICIAL REPORT.

Following is the reply:

An analysis on these lines is available only in respect of Employment Exchange Areas. The following Table gives, for Canning Town and Stratford Employment Exchanges and Juvenile Employment Bureaux, the average numbers of (1) unemployed persons on the registers, (2) claims admitted for insurance benefit, and (3) applications authorised for transitional payments or unemployment allowances, in each of the years 1934 to 1936:

—— Average number of unemployed persons on registers. Average number of claims admitted for insurance benefit. Average number of applications authorised for transitional payments or unemployment allowances.
1934 15,992 8,428 3,547
1935 14,683 8,407 3,008
1936 11,903 6,929 2,373

The corresponding figures for 24th May, 1937, the latest date for which figures are available, were:

Number on register 10,824
Claims admitted for insurance benefit 6,861
Applications authorised for unemployment allowances 2,161

Comparison of the figures for 24th May, 1937, with those for the years given in the Table is affected by the extension of the Unemployment Assistance Scheme as from the second appointed day, 1st April, 1937.

Questions as to the numbers of persons in receipt of public assistance should be addressed to my right hon. Friend the Minister of Health.

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