Ceisteanna—Questions. Oral Answers. - Unemployment Figures.

1.

asked the Taoiseach the total number of registered unemployed up to 31st January, 1971, in each of the local employment exchanges in County Mayo.

I propose, with your permission, Sir, to circulate with the Official Report, a statement showing the number of persons on the live register in each of the local employment offices in County Mayo on 29th January, 1971.

Following is the statement:

PERSONS on the Live Register in County Mayo on 29th January, 1971.

Local Office

Number of persons

Achill

488

Ballina

1,404

Ballinrobe

516

Belmullet

958

Castlebar

277

Claremorris

312

Swinford

454

Westport

794

TOTAL

5,203

Is the Parliamentary Secretary aware that the numbers signing on at these local labour exchanges have increased substantially in recent times? What steps does he propose to take to remedy this situation?

That is a separate question. The question is a statistical one.

This is a very serious question for the people concerned.

Nevertheless, the Deputy's supplementary is a separate question.

2.

andMr. Begley asked the Taoiseach if he will state in respect of the weeks ended 10th April, and 24th April, 1971 the total number of people in receipt of unemployment assistance at all the employment exchanges in County Kerry.

I propose, with your permission, Sir, to circulate with the Official Report, a statement giving the information requested by the Deputies.

Following is the statement:

NUMBER of persons (including small holders) in receipt of unemployment assistance at local employment offices in County Kerry (including those listed by these Offices for such payments at Post Offices).

Local Office

Week ending

10th April, 1971

24th April, 1971

Cahirciveen

481

261

Dingle

617

403

Kenmare

170

112

Killarney

519

375

Killorglin

534

305

Listowel

1,121

776

Tralee

1,888

1,180

TOTAL

5,330

3,412

Questions Nos. 3, 4, 5 and 6 postponed.