Ministry of Labour Papers

Scope and Content

Comprises a sample of returns from the 1904 and 1936-1937 surveys, and the report produced for the latter survey. Also contains a covering letter from Miss A. McCririck of the Ministry of Labour to Mr Frank Price Jones, editor of the Transactions of the Denbighshire Historical Society, describing the material and the guarantee of anonymity under which survey participants took part.

Questionnaires returned from England, Ireland, Scotland and Wales, contain details regarding employment, numbers and ages of children, expenditure on rent and food, and type of food consumed. Names and addresses were not given, just the general location, a town or county and country.

Administrative / Biographical History

Surveys into household expenditure by working class families were carried out by the Ministry of Labour in 1904, covering the United Kingdom (including Ireland) and in 1936-1937, covering Great Britain and Northern Ireland to provide the basis for official statistics and a cost of living index.


Material is arranged in chronological order and incorporated into the General Collection of Bangor Manuscripts .

Conditions Governing Access

Open to all users

Acquisition Information

Papers received via Frank Price Jones who acquired them from A. McCririck of the Ministry of Labour in 1962


Description compiled by Anne Lenaghan, April 2002.

Other Finding Aids

Item level word-processed list is available at the Archives Department of the University of Wales, Bangor. Reference numbers: General Collection of Bangor Manuscripts: 26411-26445

Conditions Governing Use

Usual copyright conditions apply. Reprographics are made at the discretion of the Archivist.