HC Deb 03 December 1931 vol 260 c1271W

asked the Minister of Labour the figures of those wholly unemployed in the city of Leeds during the past four weeks, distinguishing between those changes due to alterations in the real volume of unemployment and those due to administrative action; and will he publish figures weekly for the whole country on that basis in order that the real position may be ascertained?


The effect of administrative action on the unemployment totals cannot be estimated with any sufficient degree of reliability either for short intervals of time or for individual places. I hope in due course to be in a position to publish in the Ministry of Labour Gazette figures relating to the effect of the Anomalies Regulations and the Transitional Payments Order in Council in this connection. The total numbers of wholly unemployed persons on the registers of the Leeds Employment Exchanges for the past four weeks are as follow:

Numbers of persons wholly unemployed on the registers of Employment Exchanges in Leeds on certain dates.
2nd November 29,242
9th November 29,080
16th November 28,505
23rd November 27,934