HC Deb 13 March 1947 vol 434 cc221-3W
Mr. Swingler

asked the Minister of Labour the number of married women in

ployed, at the latest available date, signing on at the Whitehaven, Cleator Moor and Millom employment exchanges, respectively, showing men and women separately; how many have been unemployed for six months and over; and how many are ex-Service men and women.

Mr. Isaacs

At 5th March the numbers of insured persons registered as unemployed at the employment exchanges in question were as follow:

that date the total numbers unemployed and the numbers unemployed for more than six months were:

and women (released or discharged since May, 1954) registered as wholly unemployed were:

the working population at the latest date for which figures are available; and the number of unmarried women who are not included in the working population between 15 and 55 years of age.

Mr. Isaacs

Precise information is not available but it is estimated that the number of married women and widows between the ages of 15 and 55 in whole-time or part-time employment, excluding indoor private domestic service, at mid-1946 in Great Britain was of the order of 2,000,000, and the number of single women of those ages not in paid emplo- ment outside private households was rather less than 1,000,000. The latter figure includes, among others, girls and young women in full-time attendance at educational institutions, as well as those who were in paid employment in private domestic service and those with household responsibilities in their own homes.