§ Mr. RHYS DAVIES
asked the Minister of Health whether he is now in a position 2185W to state the number of widows with or/and without dependent children under 14 or/and 16 years in England, Scotland and Wales, based on the 1921 Census?
§ Mr. NEVILLE CHAMBERLAIN
Figures for England and Wales as a whole are not as yet available; but in the counties of London, Middlesex, Essex, Surrey, Kent, Hertfordshire, Lancashire and Yorkshire, comprising over 49 per cent. of the total population, there were enumerated at the 1921 Census 834,793 widows, of whom 159,947 were returned as having a child or children under 16. The total number of widows enumerated in Scotland is 202,565. It will be some months before particulars as to their dependent children will be available.