§ Mr. D. Williams
asked the Minister of Labour how many persons are registered as unemployed in the South Wales Development Area; how many of them are ex-miners; how many of the latter are disabled through dust diseases; and if he will give the corresponding figures for the same time last year.
§ Sir W. Monckton
The following table gives the information desired so far as it is available. It is not possible to say how many of the persons registered as unemployed were ex-miners.
NUMBERS OF UNEMPLOYED MEN AND BOYS ON THE REGISTERS OF EMPLOYMENT EXCHANGES IN THE SOUTH WALES AND MONMOUTHSHIRE DEVELOPMENT AREA. — 15th October, 1951 13th October, 1952 1. Total number on registers 11,531 11,617 2. Registered disabled ex-miners suffering from pneumoconiosis (including silicosis) (included in item 1 above)* 2,187 1,789 * The figures exclude those ex-miners suffering from pneumoconiosis who were classified as unlikely to obtain work other than under sheltered conditions. The numbers in that category were 264 in October, 1951, and 275 in October, 1952.