Ceistenna-Questions. Oral Answers. - Unemployment Insurance Payments.

asked the Minister for Industry and Commerce if he will state for each of the years respectively 1929, 1930, 1931, 1932, 1933 the amount paid in respect of unemployment insurance (a) to workpeople and (b) to associations in lieu of unemployment benefit.

The amounts paid in respect of unemployment insurance benefit in the years 1929-1933 were as follows:—

Year

(a) Benefit Paid Direct to Workpeople

(b) Payments to Associations in Lieu of Unemployment Benefit

£

£

1929

438,385

13,813

1930

492,352

13,887

1931

546,005

14,836

1932

638,678

18,454

1933

620,295

13,547

asked the Minister for Industry and Commerce if he will state for the year 1933 (a) the number of insured persons paid whole time unemployment benefit during the weeks ended on the last Monday of each month in that year, and the number of (b) adult dependents and (c) children dependents in respect of whom benefit was authorised on the claims which were current on the first Monday of each quarter of that year.

(a) The numbers of persons who, during the weeks ended on the last Monday of each month in the year 1933, were paid unemployment benefit are as follows:—

January,

1933

20,563

February

,,

19,134

March

,,

17,977

April

,,

14,525

May

,,

13,162

June

,,

13,102

July

,,

12,174

August

,,

12,031

September

,,

12,249

October

,,

14,631

November

,,

15,054

December

,,

15,243

In regard to the figure given for December, I should state that the figures quoted are those for the 18th December, 1933, being the latest Monday in December for which figures are available.

(b) The number of adult dependents in respect of whom benefit was authorised on claims current on the first Monday of each quarter of the year 1933 are as follows:—

January,

1933

7,531

April

,,

7,651

July

,,

5,514

October

,,

5,723

(c) The numbers of children dependents in respect of whom benefit was authorised on claims current on the first Monday of each quarter of the year 1933 are as follows:—

January,

1933

16,907

April

,,

18,324

July

,,

11,836

October

,,

13,137

With regard to the point which the Minister mentions in relation to December, under (a) of his reply, may I take it that that December figure roughly corresponds to half of the December figure which is there stated to be for two weeks?

I think so. In the statistical volume which has been published December is generally given as including not one but two weeks. I am taking it the Minister is taking an average week, and that it is to be compared with half the double week payment.

That is the number, on the 18th December, paid whole-time unemployment benefit.

If the Minister will look up the abstract recently issued he will find that in December, for particular administrative reasons, there is given not a week but two weeks. It is only a weekly payment; it is only as for a particular week.