HC Deb 21 September 1948 vol 456 cc667-8
2. Mr. Daggar

asked the Minister of Labour to state the reason for not publishing the information regarding the numbers unemployed and the approximate percentage rates of unemployment among insured males and females in each region in the form which has become customary in the Ministry of Labour Gazette.

Mr. Isaacs

Detailed figures showing the numbers unemployed in each region are still set out in the regional analysis table in the Gazette. Publication of the regional percentage rates of unemployment has had to be temporarily suspended owing to a change in the scope of the unemployment figures following the introduction of the new National Insurance scheme on 5th July. As soon as the regional analysis of the number of new National Insurance cards issued since 5th July has been completed about the end of the year it will be possible to resume publication of the regional percentage rates of unemployment.