§ Sir R. ASKE
asked the Minister of Labour the percentage figure of unemployment in the shipbuilding and ship-1052W
of beef and of fact cattle during the weeks ending 29th August and 31st October.
repairing trade in the Tyne and Clyde areas and at Barrow-in-Furness, respectively, in 1913, 1923, and 1933?
Statistics of the numbers unemployed in this industry are not available, on a comparable basis, for dates prior to June, 1923, and the figures for the second half of that year were greatly affected by a trade dispute which lasted from April to November. The following table, however, shows for 1924 and 1933 the percentage of unemployment obtained by relating the average of the insured persons recorded as unemployed at or near the end of March, June, September and December to the estimated number of insured persons at the beginning of July in each of these years.
Area. 1924. 1933. Barrow … … 33.2 58.7 Tyne … … 35.0 74.8 Clyde … … 28.6 76.8
Statistics are not available, on a comparable basis, of the numbers unemployed in these districts in 1913, but the average percentage unemployed in the United Kingdom in that year among persons in the shipbuilding industry who were insured under Part II of the National Insurance Act, 1911, was 3.4.