§ Mr. Ll. Williams
asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies how many persons are registered as unemployed in Fiji; and what unemployment benefit they receive.
§ Mr. Iain Macleod
Since January, 1961, 421 persons have registered as unemployed of whom 55 are known to have found employment subsequently. The figures are not comprehensive since registration is confined to Suva and Lautoka, the main urban areas where unemployment is most prevalent. The degree of unemployment in rural areas is very small. A more comprehensive system of registration extending to other areas is to be introduced on 1st July.
There is no provision for unemployment benefit.