HC Deb 28 April 1938 vol 335 cc321-2W
Mr. Lyons

asked the Minister of Labour (1) whether he can give the figures of unemployment in the boot and shoe industry for the whole country and for the city of Leicester, respectively, at the latest convenient date;

(2) the number of persons registered for employment in the hosiery and underwear trades who were unemployed, either wholly or in part, in the whole country and in the city of Leicester, respectively, at the end of March, 1938?

Mr. E. Brown:

The table below shows the numbers of insured persons (1) in the boot and shoe industry* and (2) in the hosiery (including hosiery underwear) industry, recorded as unemployed (a) in Great Britain and (b) at Leicester at 4th April, 1938.

Great Britain. Leicester.
Boot and Shoe industry:*
Persons aged 16–64years:
Wholly unemployed 8,265 1,012
Temporarily stopped 7,280 460
Persons aged 14 and 15years. 143 8
Hosiery industry:
Persons aged 16–6.4years†.
Wholly unemployed 6,437 1,239
Temporarily stopped 13,352 3,183
Persons aged 14 and 15years†. 327 16
* The figures cover hoot, shoe, slipper and clog manufacture and repairing; separate figures are not available for boot and shoe manufacture,
†Separate statistics of the numbers wholly unemployed or temporarily stopped are not available for juveniles under 16 years of age.