HC Deb 13 June 1939 vol 348 cc1082-3
23. Sir William Jenkins

asked the Secretary for Mines whether any steps are being taken to develop the oil-from-coal scheme for South Wales; will he also give the number of miners unemployed in the South Wales coalfield for the year 1938 and for each month separately for 1939 to the latest available date?

Mr. Lloyd

As regards the first part of the question, I would refer the hon. Member to the answer which my predecessor gave to him on 14th March last. With the hon. Member's permission, I will circulate in the Official Report a statistical statement giving the figures asked for in the second part of the question.

Following is the answer:

Number of Insured Persons aged 14 to 64 recorded as unemployed in the Coal Mining Industry in South Wales and Monmouthshire each month in 1938 and to May, 1939:
1938. 1939.
January 27,840 31,017
February 27,521 40,838
March 31,902 34,320
April 39,493 29,680
May 45,948 23,345
June 37,832
July 34,300
August 29,443
September 31,837
October 27,797
November 32,697
December 34,431