§ 84. Mr. F. ROBERTS
asked the Minister of Labour whether, in connection with the training schemes under his Department, it was first proposed to grant an allowance of 25s. per week; whether this has been reduced to 15s.; whether 556 he is aware that women have been Waiting since March for the classes to open; that 15s. per week is insufficient for maintenance; and whether he will consider the advisability of fixing the allowance at the 25s. originally proposed?
§ Sir R. HORNE
The allowance of 25s. was, and still is, the allowance for those women who are obliged to live away from home during training, or who join a resident training course in a Government hostel. It was at first proposed that the training allowance for women who do not live away from home should be 15s. a week, but in view of the many representations I received as to the insufficiency of this allowance, the amount was recently raised to 20s. a week. No individual cases are known of women who have been awaiting training since March, but if the hon. Member will send me particulars of any such cases, I will have them investigated.