HC Deb 19 February 1931 vol 248 cc1475-6W

asked the Minister of Labour the average number of persons covered by the unemployment insurance scheme during 1930, male and female, respectively; the number of such persons who were on the unemployment register during that year, stated in weeks or days; and, if possible, the annual average unemployment, stated in days, over the whole insured population for the same year?


Statistics of the number of persons insured under the tin-employment Insurance Acts are available only in respect of the beginning of July of each year. It is estimated that at July, 1930, there were 12,138,000 insured persons in Great Britain, including 3,769,000 males and 3,369,000 females. The total number of insured persons who made claims to benefit during the year was approximately 5,500,000, of whom 4,000,000 were males and 1,500,000 were females. An analysis of these figures according to the amount of unemployment experienced is not available. It is estimated that approximately 592,000,000 working days were lost in 1930 on account of unemployment, and if this total divided by the number of insured persons, it gives an average of about 49 days each.