HC Deb 04 November 1937 vol 328 cc1093-4
34. Mr. Kelly

asked the Minister of Labour the number of men, women, and youths registered as unemployed from the engineering trade in September, 1936, and September, 1937?

Mr. E. Brown

As the reply includes a table of figures I will, if I may, circulate a statement in the OFFICIAL REPORT.

Mr. Kelly

Can the right hon. Gentleman say whether there is an increase or a decrease?

Mr. Brown

There is a decrease of about 16,000.

Following is the statement:

Table showing the numbers of insured persons aged 16–64 in the engineering industry in Great Britain who were recorded as unemployed in September, 1936, and September, 1937:

Ages. 21st September, 1936. 13th September, 1937.
Males. Females. Males. Females.
21–64 62,522 2,914 47,152 2,424
18–20 3,319 486 2,579 374
16–17 1,442 313 1,469 265
16–64 67,283 3,713 51,200 3,063

The figures relate to general, electrical, marine and constructional engineering and the construction and repair of motor vehicles, cycles and aircraft.

The figures for September, 1937, have been compiled in accordance with the revised procedure for counting the unemployed, under which persons subsequently found to be in employment on the day of the count are excluded from the figures. On the orignial basis the total numbers recorded as unemployed at 13th September, 1937, in these industries were 53,854 males and 3,210 females.