§ Mr. T. WILLIAMS
asked the Minister of Labour how many young persons under 16 years of age have been transferred from the provinces to the City of London for various kinds of employment since the passing of the 1934 Unemployment Insurance Act; and how many of them have returned to their homes?
§ Mr. E. BROWN,
pursuant to his reply [OFFICIAL REPORT, 20th February, 1936; col. 1943] supplied the following information
From the end of July, 1934, to 15th February, 1936, 2,139 persons between 14 and 18 years of age were transferred under the Juvenile Transference Scheme to the London County Council area, and of these, 998 were under 16 years of age. It is not known how many young persons transferred on their own account, but the number must have been considerable. During this period 276 young persons under 16 years of age returned home. A number of those who returned home would subsequently re-transfer to employment in another area. The main reason for returning home is home sickness, and it is seldom necessary for a boy to return home because further suitable employment is not immediately available. Every endeavour is made to ensure that the 1968W welfare of juveniles transferred under the Department's scheme is adequately supervised. The Department is assisted in many areas by special after-care committees and by voluntary organisations. Hostels are being established in certain districts where there is difficulty in obtaining suitable lodgings. There is reason to hope that with the continuous improvement in the arrangements the percentage of young persons returning home will be substantially reduced.
§ Mr. VIANT
asked the Minister of Labour whether he will state the number of men, women and young persons who have been transferred to Willesden from the distressed areas during the years 1932, 1933, 1934 and 1935; and how many of these have been placed in employment through the Willesden Employment Bureau?
§ Mr. E. BROWN
The following table shows the number of persons transferred under the Ministry's transference schemes from the depressed areas to the Willesden areas during the years 1932, 1933, 1934 and 1935 respectively; all these persons were placed in work, the girls all proceeding to domestic employment.
Men. Women. Boys. Girls. 1932 1,136 — — 15 1933 238 — — 5 1934 168 — — 8 1935 206 — — 6 Total 1,748 — — 34
No information is available regarding the number of persons who have transferred to the area on their own account.