§ Mr. C. WILSON
asked the Minister of Labour whether he can state the number of persons on the registers of the Sheffield and Attercliffe exchanges who have been unemployed for two, five, and 10 or more years?
§ Mr. E. BROWN
Among 19,060 persons applying for insurance benefit or unemployment allowances at 26th October, 1936, at Employment Exchanges in Sheffield, 5,254 had been continuously on the registers for two years or more, including 2,125 who had been continuously on the register for five years or more. The number who had been on the register for 10 years or more is not known. Corresponding figures are not available in respect of persons, registered as unemployed, who were not applicants for insurance benefit or unemployment allowances. Of the persons who had been on the registers for extended periods a proportion, which will increase as the period on the register increases, will have had one or more short spells of employment, lasting not more than three days each during such periods. The figures relate to the Sheffield, Attercliffe, Abbeydale Road, and Walkley and Hillsborough Employment Exchanges.