§ Mr. J. Griffiths
asked the Minister of Labour whether he will give a statement showing the total insured population of Wales, including Monmouthshire, in 1929 and 1938; and the number of insured workers in the coal-mining, iron and steel, tinplate, and slate quarrying industries, and in agriculture, separately?
§ Mr. E. Brown
The table below gives comparable figures in respect of the estimated numbers of insured persons in Wales and Monmouthshire at July of the years 1929 and 1938. As juveniles under 16 years of age did not become insurable until September, 1934, the figures relate only to persons aged 16–64.
Industry. Estimated numbers of insured persons aged 16–64. July, 1929. July, 1938. Coal Mining 230,700 169,490 Pig Iron, Steel Melting, etc. 35,510 33,780 Tinplates 28,910 25,180 Slate Quarrying and Mining. 9,190 8,340 All other industries and Services. 278,880 379,900 Total 583,190 616,690
The Agricultural Scheme of Unemployment Insurance did not come into operation until May, 1936. The estimated number of persons aged 16–64 insured under the scheme at July, 1938, was 27,570.