HC Deb 22 June 1939 vol 348 cc2419-20
14. Mr. Kennedy

asked the Minister of Labour the number of unemployed workers in Scotland at 31st December last; the number unemployed at 31st May last; and the number of Irish workers who have settled in Scotland during the past five months?

Mr. E. Brown

The unemployed persons on the registers of Employment Exchanges in Scotland at 12th December, 1938, and 15th May, 1939, numbered 262,896 and 221,645, respectively. These are the only dates in the months in question for which such figures are available. The total number of migrants from Eire who took out unemployment books in Scotland in the first five months of 19390020was 786, of whom 239 were temporary non-domiciled workers in agriculture.