HC Deb 23 May 1950 vol 475 c236W
Mr. Vaughan-Morgan

asked the Minister of Labour how many of the men and women now registered as unemployed are over 50 years of age; what percentage these are of the totals; and what are the equivalent figures for those registered as suitable for clerical employment.

Mr. Isaacs

A detailed age-analysis of the numbers unemployed is obtained only at half-yearly intervals, and the latest date for which figures are available is 5th December, 1949. At that date 80,950 men and 13,656 women over 50 years of age were registered as unemployed in Great Britain. These figures represented 35 per cent. and 15½ per cent., respectively, of the totals registered as wholly unemployed. Corresponding figures are not available in respect of persons suitable for clerical employment.