HC Deb 21 July 1931 vol 255 cc1264-5W

asked the Minister of Health, for each of the past 10 years, the lowest and highest number of persons who, at the close of each such year, were in receipt in England and Wales of indoor relief and outdoor relief, respectively; and the lowest and highest number in receipt of payment or relief in respect of unemployment under the various Unemployment Insurance Acts in both the last official year and in the earliest official year for which figures may be available?


The following statement gives the desired information as regards poor relief.

The day in any year on which the lowest (or highest) number of persons were in receipt of institutional relief may not be the same day as that on which the lowest

Claims for benefit under the Unemployment Insurance Acts in England and Wales.
Date. Males. Females. Total.
28th January (Lowest) 723,982 398,540 1,122,522
27th May* (Highest) 1,559,013 690,127 2,249,140
20th January (Lowest) 891,562 247,327 1,138,889
29th December (Highest) 1,629,459 544,126 2,173,585
Statistics of the numbers actually in receipt of benefit are not available and the figures relate to the numbers of claimants on the Registers of Employment Exchanges.
* Trade dispute in the coal mining industry. Persons disqualified for benefit by reason of the dispute are excluded.