§ 31. Mr. D. G. SOMERVILLE
asked the Minister of Labour by what date it will be necessary to make further provision for keeping the Unemployment Insurance Fund from bankruptcy, on the assumption that the unemployment figures continue to increase at the same average as they have done since 1st June, 1929?
§ Mr. LAWSON
On the assumption mentioned in the question, it is estimated that the present borrowing powers of the Unemployment Fund would be exhausted about the end of September next.
§ Mr. SOMERVILLE
In view of the enormous and increasing drain on financial resources, will the Parliamentary Secretary investigate the whole question of unemployment benefit, which is ruining the country?
§ the right hon. Member for Carnarvon Boroughs (Mr. Lloyd George), his new ally, on this matter?
§ Lieut.-Colonel HENEAGE
Do I gather that the right hon. Gentleman takes full responsibility for the increase in unemployment in recent times?