§ Sir A. SINCLAIR
asked the Minister of Labour if she will state the estimated number of insured persons aged 16 to 64 in employment on approximately the following dates: 21st January, 21st March, and 21st May, 1930?
§ Miss BONDFIELD
It is estimated that the insured persons aged 16 to 64 in employment in Great Britain at dates for which figures are available, nearest to those referred to, were as follow:
27th January, 1930 … 9,998,700 24th March, 1930 … 9,888,400 26th May, 1930 … 9,723,600
In computing these estimates deductions from the total estimated numbers of insured persons have been made in respect of those recorded as unemployed, and those directly involved in trade disputes, together with an allowance of 3½ per cent. to cover absences from work through sickness and other forms of unrecorded non-employment other than holidays.