HC Deb 17 March 1938 vol 333 c565
5. Mr. Sexton

asked the Minister of Labour the number of men walking two miles and under three, three miles and under four, four miles and under six, and over six miles, respectively, to sign on at Employment Exchanges situated in Weardale and Teesdale, County Durham, on 31st December, 1937, 31st January and 28th February, 1938?

Mr. E. Brown

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

Mr. Sexton

Is it not both unbusiness-like and cruel to compel unemployed men to travel long distances to suit the convenience of officials?

Mr. Brown

Perhaps the hon. Gentleman will study this statement.

Following is the reply:

Table showing the numbers of men who, at each of the three given dates, lived more than two miles from the nearest local offices in Weardale and Teesdale.

Distance. Numbers
31st December, 1937. 31st January, 1938. 28th February, 1938.
2–3 miles 330 294 298
3–4 miles 186 170 174
4–6 miles 141 123 122
Over 6 miles
Those living more than four miles from the local office attended once a week, and the rest twice a week.