§ 4. Mr. Tomlinson
asked the Minister of Labour the numbers of unemployed persons on the register at 30th June, 1937, and at 31st January, 1938, in the Blackburn, Preston, and Bolton areas?
§ Mr. E. Brown
As the reply includes a table of figures I will, if I may, circulate a statement in the OFFICIAL REPORT.
§ Mr. Tomlinson
In finding out these figures has the right hon. Gentleman discovered whether the recession in the cotton trade in Lancashire has gone far enough to be described as a slump?
§ Following is the statement:
§ Table showing the numbers of unemployed persons on the registers of Employment Exchanges in the Blackburn, Preston and Bolton areas at 21st June, 1937, and at 14th February, 1938.565
|—||21st June, 1937.||14th February, 1938.*|
|* The figures for 14th February, 1938, have been compiled in accordance with the revised procedure for counting the unemployed, introduced in September, 1937, under which persons subsequently found to be in employment at the date of the count are excluded from the figures.|