HC Deb 19 December 1928 vol 223 cc3048-50W
Lieut.-Colonel GADIE

asked the Minister of Labour the number of persons unemployed in the quarrying industry and the number of general labourers on the unemployment register for the year ending 31st December, 1927, and for the nine months ending 31st October, 1928, stating the cost in unemployment pay for the separate periods?


, pursuant to his reply [OFFICIAL REPORT, 6th December, 1928; col. 1402, Vol. 223], supplied the following statement:

NUMBER Of INSURED PERSONS classified as belonging to the Quarrying Industries and recorded as Unemployed in Great Britain.
Date. Stone quarrying and mining. Slate quarrying and mining.
24th January 4,078 232
21st February 3,010 173
21st March 2,478 170
25th April 2,627 122
23rd May 2,180 366
20th June 2,289 117
25th July 2,306 91
22nd August 2,517 110
26th September 3,032 137
24th October 3,331 249
21st November 3,909 397
19th December 5,290 405
23rd January 5,086 418
27th February 4,462 452
26th March 3,731 400
23rd April 3,127 422
21st May 2,994 403
25th June 3,164 571
23rd July 3,147 399
20th August 3,493 358
24th September 3,806 363
22nd October 4,505 449

No separate record is kept of benefit payments in respect of particular industries. A rough estimate can, however, be made on the assumption that the payment of benefit is at the same average per head as for all insured trades taken together, due allowance being made for the rate of unemployment and the proportion of women and juveniles. On this basis the amount of benefit paid to persons classified as belonging to stone and slate quarrying during the year 1927 was approximately £112,000, and for the first 10 months of 1928 approximately £129,000. Corresponding figures in respect of general labourers are not available.

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