§ Mr. Rhys Davies
asked the Minister of Labour the number of persons who have been unemployed for three, five, and seven years, respectively, registering at the Hindley and Westhoughton Employment Exchanges?
§ Mr. E. Brown
At 4th April, 1938, the numbers of applicants for unemployment benefit or allowances who had been continuously on the registers of Employment Exchanges for three years or more were 339 at Hindley and 21 at Westhoughton, of whom 148 at Hindley and nine at Westhoughton had been continuously on the registers for five years or more. Figures showing the numbers who had been on the registers for seven years or more are not available. A proportion2068W of the persons on the registers for long periods will have had one or more spells of employment lasting not more than three days each during those periods. Corresponding figures are not available in respect of persons registered as unemployed who were not applying for benefit or allowances.