§ Mr. BETTERTON
During the year ended 31st December, 1927, 896 permits were issued to enable aliens to come to this country for employment as music hall and carbaret artists. In addition, in 21 cases the Home Secretary was advised to agree to aliens taking up such employment, after they had been given permission to land for other reasons. All permits were issued for short periods in the first instance, but in some cases where further engagements had been secured I was able to advise the Home Secretary to agree to short extensions of the original period.
*APPLICATIONS for Extended Benefit considered by the Wigan Local Employment Committee. Period. — 4 weeks ended 12th Sept., 1927 4 weeks ended 12th Dec., 1927. 5 weeks ended 16th Jan., 1928. Applications considered 2,466 2,676 2931 Applications admitted 2,120 2,323 2,622 Applications recommended for disallowance. 346 353 309 Grounds of disallowance— Not normally insurable and not seeking to obtain a livelihood by means of insurable employment. 11 9 10 Insurable employment not likely to be available. 7 6 7 Not a reasonable period of insurable employment during the preceding two years. 53 82 57 Not making every reasonable effort to obtain suitable employment or not willing to accept suitable employment. 34 39 47 Single persons residing with relatives. 77 86 61 Married women who could look for support from their husbands. 31 25 25 Married men who could look for support from their wives. 10 2 2 Working short time but earning sufficient for maintenance. 92 104 100 Postponed for a definite period 31 — — *Statistics regarding the decisions on applications for Standard Benefit are not available.