§ Commander BELLAIRS
asked the Minister of Labour whether he has available the figures as to the number of firms on the King's National Roll compared to the figures of January, 1925, of 28,500, and the numbers of disabled ex-service men then unemployed compared to 30,202 registered at the end of 1924?
§ Mr. BETTERTON
As explained in my right hon. Friend's reply to the hon. and gallant Member for Norwich (Captain Fairfax) on 14th April, there has been no substantial change in the figures of firms on the King's National Roll during the last 12 months. The latest returns indicate that approximately 28,000 firms are on the Roll. There have, of course, been changes in the actual firms on the Roll during this period, newly enrolled firms taking the place of firms who for various reasons have been unable to continue their enrolment. I should add 1411W that the number of disabled ex-service men employed by enrolled firms is now approximately 370,000 as compared with 350,000 in January, 1925. The latest returns for March, 1926, show that 29,404 disabled ex-service men are registered as unemployed as compared with 36,202 in December, 1924.