HC Deb 03 May 1937 vol 323 c805W
Colonel Ropner

asked the Minister of Labour whether he can give the approximate number of agricultural workers in Yorkshire registered under the Unemployinent Insurance (Agriculture) Act?

Lieut.-Colonel Muirhead

Estimates of the total numbers insured under the agricultural scheme, compiled on the normal basis, will not be available until after the general exchange of unemployment books which will begin in July next. The only figures so far available for each county are those showing the numbers of agricultural unemployment books issued up to the end of August, 1936, and these figures exclude private gardeners who were brought into insurance as from 1st February, 1937. The approximate number of persons to whom agricultural unemployment books had been issued up to the end of August, 1936, by local offices of the Ministry of Labour situated in Yorkshire was 36,800.