HC Deb 25 July 1934 vol 292 c1758

In response to a request from certain of my constituents, I beg to present a petition signed by 16,390 persons, mainly resident in my constituency at Newport, protesting against the provisions of the Government's new Unemployment Act and the National Health Insurance (Amendment) Act, 1932. The petitioners allege that the provisions of these Acts embody a savage attack on the unemployed and their families, and further that they will inflict severe privations on thousands of men, women and children; and cause the disruption of family life, and the pauperisation of the unemployed through circumstances over which they have no control.