HC Deb 20 April 1939 vol 346 cc463-4
1. Mr. Craven-Ellis

asked the Minister of Labour the average weekly payment made to those temporarily and permanently unemployed and included in the 1,800,000 registered unemployed when the records were taken in February?

The Minister of Labour (Mr. Ernest Brown)

In the week ended 18th February, 1939, the average weekly pay- ment of unemployment benefit under the general scheme was 18s. 2d. and of unemployment allowances 24s. 4d. Separate figures are not available as to persons unemployed for short and persons unemployed for long periods, but in the main the recipients of unemployment assistance are included among the latter.

Mr. Batey

Can the Minister say how many are in receipt of weekly payments and how many in receipt of no payment at all?

Mr. Brown

If the hon. Member will put the question down I will try to get the information.

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