HC Deb 09 November 1953 vol 520 cc9-10W
49. Mr. Ness Edwards

asked the Minister of Pensions and National Insurance to state, for each region, the number of persons who have lost unemployment benefit by the lapsing of Section 62, National Insurance Act, 1946, to the latest convenient date.

Mr. Peake

The latest figures about the expiry of Section 62 of the National Insurance Act, 1946, relate to the position at 23rd September, 1953. When the Section expired about 47,500 persons were drawing extended benefit, of whom about one-third were also getting supplementation from the National Assistance Board. By 23rd September about 17,400 had ceased to draw unemployment benefit. Of these, over 6,750 had obtained work; nearly 2,000 had qualified for retirement pension, sickness benefit or unemployability supplement; and about 4,000 were in receipt of National Assistance, of whom approximately half had previously been drawing it in supplementation of extended benefit. The balance of approximately 4,500 includes 2,300 who had ceased to register for employment.

The 17,400 referred to above are distributed among the regions approximately as follows:

England, by Regions:
London and South Eastern 2,500
Eastern 450
Southern 650
South Western 900
Midlands 500
North Midlands 400
East and West Ridings 800
North Western 2,950
Northern 1,850
Scotland 3,950
Wales 2,450
Great Britain 17,400

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