§ Mr. Ede
asked the Minister of Labour whether he will give the numbers of the insured population of the administrative county of Durham and of the county boroughs of South Shields and Sunderland, respectively; and the percentages of those populations which have been unemployed for less than three months, three months but less than six months, six months but less than nine months, nine months but less than 12 months, and 12 months or more, respectively?
§ Mr. E. Brown
The estimated number of persons, aged 16–64, insured under the General and Agricultural Schemes of unemployment insurance, at July, 1938, in the Administrative County of Durham, and the County Boroughs of South Shields and Sunderland, as indicated by the numbers of unemployment books exchanged at Employment Exchanges in those areas, were 263,990, 31,080 and 59,900 respectively. Statistics as to the duration of the last spell of registered unemployment so far as they are available were given in the reply to the hon. Member for Houghton-le-Spring (Mr. W. Joseph Stewart) on 22nd November last. The hon. Member should note that these figures of unemployment contain uninsured as well as insured persons.