§ Mr. R. YOUNG
asked the Minister of Labour whether the registers of unemployed persons signing at the Unemployment Exchanges contain the ages of those seeking employment; and, if so, will he state the number of men and women, respectively, over 65 and under 30 years of age?
§ Sir A. STEEL-MAITLAND
Statistics of the ages of persons registered at Employment Exchanges are not regularly compiled, but the results of a special analysis made in November, 1924, in respect of 1 per cent, of the claimants to benefit at that date, show that of the adult male claimants at that date 6.7 per cent. were of 65 years and over, and 33.5 per cent, of 18 and under 30 years. The corresponding percentages for females were 0.8 and 64.4 respectively. On this basis the number of claimants at the present time aged 65 years and upwards would be about 60,000 men and 1,600 women, and of 18 and under 30 years about 300,000 men and 125,000 women.