§ Mr. LANSBURY
asked the Minister of Labour what is the total number of men engaged on public works under the control of municipalities and other local authorities under schemes obtaining assistance from public funds in the form of loans or grants during the months of December, January, and February in the years 1923, 1924, 1925, 1926, and 1927?
§ Mr. BETTERTON
I assume that the hon. Member has in mind schemes for the relief of unemployment put in hand by local authorities, etc., with the assistance of a grant from State funds. The following table shows the total number of men engaged at the under-mentioned dates, according to returns received in the Department on schemes of this nature assisted by the Ministry of Transport and the Unemployment Grants Committee:
Date. Number of men employed. 1923–24. 21st December 43,576 25th January 46,863 29th February 51,601 1924–25. 27th December 55,994 31st January 57,850 28th February 58,990 1925–26. 28th December 49,902 30th January 50,250 27th February 52,304 1926–27. 24th December 30,072 29th January 28,622 February Not yet available.