§ 57. Mr. GORDON MACDONALD
asked the Minister of Labour whether his atten- 25 tion has been drawn to the refusal of transitional payment to two young men resident in Pendleton, aged 25 and 20, respectively, on the ground that they are living with their mother, who is in receipt of a pension as a war widow; and if this action is in accordance with instructions or regulations issued by the Ministry?
I have no knowledge of these particular cases, but in any event the matter is one within the jurisdiction of the local authority. It is the duty of the authority to determine the need of applicants having regard to all the resources available to the household for their support.
Obviously, I cannot answer that question without a knowledge of the details of each case.
§ 58. Mr. THORNE
asked the Minister of Labour the date on which he intends to take over the duties of the public assistance committee at Rotherham in the matter of transitional payments; the name of the commissioner..who will be in control; what salary he will receive; and what are his previous qualifications?
The Rotherham Council have decided to comply with the law. No action, therefore, is being taken for the tame being with regard to the appointment of a person to perform their duties in respect of the administration of transitional payments.