§ Mr. WELLOCK
asked the Secretary for Mines the total number of wage-earners employed in South Staffordshire and North Worcestershire in the middle of November and for the corresponding date in 1924 and 1925; the total weekly wages paid at these dates or the nearest available dates; and the average total weekly output for the same periods?
§ Colonel LANE FOX
At the middle of November, 1927, 6,000 wage-earners were employed in South Staffordshire and Worcestershire and the average weekly output during November was 33,500 tons. The corresponding figures for 1924 were 6,200 and 32,200, and for 1925 6,400 and 1577W 33,900. During September, 1927, the latest date for which information is available, the estimated total weekly wage bill was £11,400. For both 1924 and 1925 the corresponding figure was £14,200.