HC Deb 07 May 1909 vol 4 c1410W

asked the President of the Board of Trade if he can give the names of the trade unions in the United Kingdom that pay unemployed benefit to their members, with the amount of unemployed benefit paid by each union during the last three years he has returns for?


Of the 1,161 trade unions existing in 1906, 666 paid in all £514,000 as unemployed benefit in one form or another to their members(i.e., weekly benefit, travelling assistance, grants, etc.). Figures for all the unions—registered and unregistered—are not available for any other of the last three years, but the following amounts were paid in 1905–7 by 82 of the principal unions which give this kind of assistance to their members, and by which the greater part of the total unemployed benefit is paid:—

Year. Amount expended.
1905 £522,967
1906 424,030
1907 465,668
The names of and amount paid by each of these societies will be found in a Report on Trade Unions which will be issued almost immediately.