§ 28. Mr. ROWLANDS
asked the President of the Board of Trade whether he can state the amount paid, to the 31st March, to associations under Section 106, Part II., of the National Insurance Act on account of unemployment benefit paid to their members who are not employed in insured trades under the Act?
The PARLIAMENTARY SECRETARY to the BOARD of TRADE (Mr. Robertson)
The total amount actually paid to associations under Section 106 of the National Insurance Act to 31st March, 1914, is £14,878 11s. 9d. Of this sum £7,401 3s. was paid to associations of workmen who are not employed in the insured trades. The balance of 1677 £7,477 8s. 9d. was paid to associations which have also made arrangements with the Board under Section 105 of the Act. The majority—but not all—of the members of these associations are workmen in the insured trades, and it is impossible to say how much of the sum of £7,477 8s. 9d. was paid on account of insured and uninsured members respectively. A number of claims under Section 106, however, are still outstanding, and the above figures, therefore, do not at all represent the amount that is likely to be paid under this Section in respect of unemployment occuring up to 31st March. I may add that the estimated expenditure under the Section for 1914–15 is £70,000—a figure which, of course, would be largely increased in a year of bad employment.