HC Deb 14 May 1924 vol 173 cc1398-9W

asked the Minister of Labour what are the numbers of unemployed at the present time in Great Britain, France, Germany, Italy, and the United States of America, respectively; what is the percentage of unemployed to the total population in each case; and what is the cost to each State of maintaining those out of work?


The number of insured workpeople unemployed in Great Britain at 28th April was 1,076,605, or 9.6 per cent. of the total number insured under the Unemployment Insurance Acts. For the other countries mentioned by the hon. and gallant Member official figures do not exist in a comparable form, nor are there any official data in existence for comparing the cost to the State of maintaining those out of work in the different countries.