HC Deb 01 March 1938 vol 332 cc934-5W
Mr. Kelly

asked the Minister of Labour the number of men and women employed in the heavy chemical trade in January, 1937, and January, 1938, respectively?

Mr. E. Brown

The total number of insured persons classified as belonging to the chemical industry is ascertained for one date only in each year, namely, the beginning of July. The table below gives for the chemicals group* and for the chemical industry proper, the estimated numbers of insured men and women, aged 18 to 64, in Great Britain at July,

Men, aged 18–64. Women, aged 18–64.
Chemicals Group.* Chemical Industry proper. Chemicals Group.* Chemical Industry proper.
Estimated numbers insured—
July, 1936 153,730 74,090 49,320 22,450
July, 1937 160,520 75,490 50,650 24,150
Insured persons recorded as unemployed—
25th January, 1937 12,701 6,716 2,495 1,068
17th January, 1938 11,971 6,101 2,708 1,215
* Including the manufacture of chemicals, explosives, paints, oils, etc.