HC Deb 25 May 1939 vol 347 cc2542-3W
Sir I. Albery

asked the Minister of Labour whether he will state the numbers of persons employed, on the registers of the Chatham and Gravesend Employment Exchanges, at the latest convenient date; and give corresponding figures for the years 1936, 1937 and 1938?

Mr. E. Brown

The available figures relate to the total numbers of insured persons whose unemployment books were exchanged at the Chatham and Gravesend Employment Exchanges (including the Juvenile Employment Bureaux) at the exchange of books beginning in July of each year, and the numbers of insured persons recorded as unemployed at those offices. The figures desired in relation to the total number of insured persons were given in reply to my hon. Friend's question of 21st November last. The table below shows the numbers of insured persons aged 16–64, recorded as unemployed at the Chatham and Gravesend Exchanges at a date in April of the years 1936, 1937, 1938 and 1939:

Date. Chatham. Gravesend.
27th April, 1936 3,139 1,673
19th April, 1937 2,171 1,182
4th April, 1938 2,310* 1,464*
17th April, 1939 2,230* 1,509*
* The figures for 4th April, 1938, and 17th April, 1939, are compiled under the revised method of counting the unemployed, introduced in September, 1937, in which persons subsequently found to be in employment at the date of the count are excluded from the figures.