HC Deb 21 June 1939 vol 348 c2261W
Colonel Ropner

asked the Minister of Labour whether he will state the number of coal miners who were unemployed in the West Riding of Yorkshire on 1st January during each of the years 1931 to 1938?

Mr. Lennox-Boyd

The table below shows the numbers of insured males, aged 16–64, in the coal-mining industry, recorded as unemployed at Employment Exchanges in the West Riding of Yorkshire at a date in January of each of the years 1931 to 1938:

Date. Number.
26th January, 1931 29,153
25th January, 1932 45,209
23rd January, 1933 45,220
2 2th January, 1934 37,412
28th January, 1935 40,742
20th January, 1936 26,577
25th January, 1937 18,699
17th January, 1938 12,198
Note—.Comparison of the figure for January, 1938, with those for the earlier dates given above is affected by the introduction in September, 1937, of a revised procedure for counting the unemployed, under which persons subsequently found to be in employment at the date of the count are excluded from the figures.