HC Deb 22 June 1939 vol 348 cc2422-3
41. Mr. Brooke

asked the Minister of Labour the total reduction in unemployment in the Special Areas since the com missioners were first appointed; and whether the latest figures show a down ward or upward trend?

Mr. E. Brown

The total reduction in the number of unemployed persons of 14 years and over on the registers in the Special Areas since November, 1934, when the commissioners were first appointed, is 186,430 or 42 per cent. The figures show a steady and continuous downward movement since January of this year.

Mr. J. Morgan

How many are transferred men who have gone out of the areas altogether?

Mr. Brown

Not a large number.