§ 61. Mr. GROVES
asked the Minister of Labour how many persons have established claims to repayment of the balances standing to their credit in the Unemployment Insurance Fund; and what is the total amount paid to claimants, showing over 50 years of age and over 60 years of age separately?
The MINISTER of LABOUR(Sir ArthurSteel-Maitland)
The number of persons who, since 7th July, 1924 (which was the date on which Section 9 of the Unemployment Insurance (No. 2) Act., 1924, came into force) have established claims to refunds of contributions or to compensatory payments under that Section is approximately 557,000. It is not possible to state separately the amount paid to claimants over 50 years and over 60 years of age respectively. The amount paid in refunds since the 7th July, 1924, is £529,984, and in compensatory payments £1,228,711. All those in respect of whom refund have been paid were of the age of 60 years or over. Most of those in respect of whom compensatory payments have been made were between 50 and 60, but some were over 60.