HC Deb 18 July 1929 vol 230 c670W

asked the Minister of Health how many persons exclusive of dependants, in receipt of poor relief in respect of unemployment were signing the register of the Ministry of Labour at the latest date for which the figures are available; and how many were not so signing?


The average number of persons, exclusive of dependants, in receipt of Poor Law relief in England and Wales on account of unemployment during May, 1929, who were registered for employment and held the appropriate card issued by an Employment Exchange was 67,743. The number of persons in receipt of Poor Law relief who were relieved on account of unemployment but who were not maintaining registration is not ascertained but is probably very small, as it is the policy of boards of guardians in these cases to require registration at an Employment Exchange as one of the conditions of being afforded Poor Law relief.