HC Deb 04 November 1920 vol 134 cc602-3W

asked the Minister of Labour whether in future he will require that all employers and trade unions shall not only provide, as formerly, information upon the extent of unemployment which at any time prevails, but shall supply whatever information they possess upon the cause or causes of such unemployment as they report?


In the majority of the returns on unemployment furnished to the Ministry of Labour by employers and trade unions provision is made for the inclusion of statements as to the causes of unemployment in the various trades reported on. I have no compulsory powers of obtaining such information, but I take this opportunity of expressing my appreciation of the voluntary assistance rendered to me in this respect by so many employers of labour and trade union secretaries.