HC Deb 09 April 1937 vol 322 cc496-8W
Mr. Daggar

asked the Minister of Labour whether he will state the number and names of the Special Areas in South Wales and Monmouthshire; also the number of unemployed persons and percentage of unemployment in each area, together with the percentage and number of persons unemployed in the United Kingdom?

Mr. E. Brown,

pursuant to his reply (OFFICIAL REPORT, 23rd March, 1937; cols. 2756 and 2757, Vol. 321), supplied the following statement:

The following table shows for 15th March, 1937,

  1. (a) the number of persons, aged 14 years and over, insured and uninsured, registered as unemployed, and
  2. 497
  3. (b) the percentage of unemployment among insured persons, aged 16–64, exclusive of agricultural workers, at Employment Exchanges which mainly serve the Special Areas in South Wales

Areas named in First Schedule to Special Areas (Development and Improvement) Act, 1934. Employment Exchanges which mainly serve the areas named in the first column.
Name. Number, aged 14 and over, registered as unemployed. Percentage unemployed among insured persons, aged 16–64 (exclusive of agricultural workers)
Abercarn U.D. Newbridge 1,152 12.6
Abertillery U.D. Abertillery 2,130 27.8
Bedwellty U.D.; Mynyddislwyn U.D.; Rhymney U.D.; Risca U.D.; Gelligaer U.D. (Glamorgan); St. Mellons R.D. Pontlottyn 7,286 24.1
Blaenavon U.D. Blaenavon 1,087 28.0
Ebbw Vale U.D. Ebbw Vale 1,718 14.7
Nantyglo and Blaina U.D. Blaina 1,306 43.6
Pontypool U.D. (including Abersychan and Panteg); Pontypool R.D. Pontypool 3,794 25.7
Tredegar U.D. Tredegar 1,760 22.0
Cwmbran U.D. (formerly Llantarnam and Llanfrechfa Upper). Pontnewydd 1,017 35.1
Merthyr Tydfil C.B.; Vaynor and Penderyn R.D. (Brecknockshire). Methyr Tydfil 9,718 45.6
Merthyr Juvenile Employment Bureau.
Port Talbot U.D. Port Talbot 3,317 23.0
Aberdare U.D. Aberdare 4,551 30.0
Bridgend U.D.; Penybont R.D. Bridgend 1,715 25.4
Caerphilly U.D.; Cardiff R.D.; Bedwas and Machen U.D. (Monmouthshire). Caerphilly 3,575 27.8
Taffs Well
Glyncorrwg U.D. Cymmer 503 13.3
Maesteg U.D. Maesteg 2,358 34.6
Mountain Ash U.D. Mountain Ash 2,588 24.5
Ogmore and Garw U.D. Ogmore Vale 1,500 25.5
Pontypridd U.D. Pontypridd 5,575 40.1
Rhondda U.D. Ferndale 15,434 35.1
Llantrisant and Llantwit Fardre R.D.; Cowbridge R.D. Tonyrefail 2,047 24.5
Llantwit Major
Neath R.D Resolven 393 5.2
Brynmawr U.D.; Crickhowell R.D. Brynmawr 1,817 56.1
Pembroke M.B. Pembroke Dock 1,594 53.7

For Great Britain as a whole at 15th March, 1937, there were 1,601,201 unemployed persons, insured and uninsured, aged 14 years and over on the registers of Employment Exchanges. The percentage unemployed among insured persons, aged 16–64, exclusive of agricultural workers, at the same date was 11.5.

and Monmouthshire, as grouped in the reply given to my hon. Friend the Member for Belfast, South (Mr. W. John Stewart), on 22nd February, 1937: