HC Deb 25 November 1931 vol 260 cc405-6W

asked the Minister of Labour the number of men registered as unemployed in the country who are receiving part-time benefit for two or three days per week, as the case may be, at the beginning of the present month?


Statistics of the numbers on the register who are in receipt of benefit for part only of the week are not regularly compiled. Under the operation of the rule for reckoning continuity of unemployment, it is unlikely that there could be any appreciable number in receipt of benefit for two days only each week. As the result of an investigation made on 22nd June, 1931, it was found that out of a total of 461,846 males classified as temporarily stopped and unem- ployed on that day, 90,011 were experiencing employment and unemployment in each week under a system of short-time working, and the great majority of these would be in receipt of benefit for three days in the week.