HC Deb 07 March 1940 vol 358 c538
10. Mr. Denville

asked the Minister of Labour the figures of the able-bodied men signing on at the Employment Exchange in Newcastle-on-Tyne?

Mr. E. Brown

At 12th February, 1940, there were 10,404 unemployed men aged 18 and over on the registers of Employment Exchanges in Newcastle-on-Tyne.

Mr. Denville

Can anything be done to reduce the number?

Mr. Brown

It is constantly being done, and if my hon. Friend will look at the recent figures, he will see that that is so.

Mr. Kirkwood

Is it not time that the Minister and those who are associated with him tackled this question of unemployment seriously, and abolished it?