HC Deb 18 July 1938 vol 338 c1803
61. Mr. Johnston

asked the Minister of Labour whether he can give any figures showing the number of herring fishermen who are unemployed and the numbers who have left the industry during the past five years, and any estimate of the annual amounts spent through the Unemployment Assistance Board and public assistance channels arising from the unemployment in the herring fishing industry?

Mr. Lennox-Boyd

The statistics of employment and unemployment compiled by my Department relating to the fishing industry do not distinguish herring fishermen separately. At 13th June, 1938, there were 7,312 insured men, aged 18–64, in the fishing industry classification recorded as unemployed in Great Britain. I regret that statistics giving the other information desired are not available.