§ Mr. Tinker
asked the Minister of Labour whether he will state the total number of unemployed males or. the registers of the Employment Exchanges of Great Britain in May, 1937, February, 1938, and May, 1939?
§ Mr. E. Brown
The total numbers of unemployed males, aged 14 and over, on the registers of Employment Exchanges in Great Britain were 1,188,287 at 24th May, 1937; 1,361,558 at 14th February, 1938; and 1,145,228 at 15th May, 1939.
Comparison of the figure for May, 1937, with those for February, 1938, and May, 1939, is affected by the introduction, in September, 1937, of the revised procedure for counting the unemployed, under which persons on the registers, subsequently found to have been in employment on the day of the count are excluded from the figures.