Ceisteanna—Questions. Oral Answers. - Insurance Contributions.

asked the Minister for Industry and Commerce if he will state, in respect of the insurance year beginning on April 1st, 1944, the total number of (a) craftsmen, and (b) others, in respect of whom contributions were paid under the Insurance (Intermittent Employment) Act, 1942; and the average number of contributions paid in each case.

The average number of contributions paid weekly during the year beginning 1st April, 1944, was:—

Skilled workers

6,609

Unskilled workers

5,287

Young persons

1,267

The total number of persons in respect of whom some contributions were paid at any time during the year is not known and could only be ascertained by special investigation which would not justify the labour and cost involved.