§ 6. Mr. GROVES
asked the Minister of Labour whether it is still his intention to accept from Members of the House representations respecting treatment or determinations made by the Unemployment Assistance Board; whether he will state what period of time is expected to elapse before replies to queries may be expected from the London area; whether he is aware that the queries submitted by the Member for the Stratford Division (Mr. Groves) four weeks ago are still not dealt with; and will he give an explanation for this delay?
I am always prepared to do everything I can to assist hon. Members in this matter. The hon. Member will realise, however, that during the past few weeks there has been an exceptional pressure of work. As regards the cases which the hon. Member gave me, I have received a reply from the board which I am sending to the hon. Member.
§ 12. Mr. MABANE
asked the Minister of Labour on what average number of applicants throughout the year is based the estimate (Class V, 9) of £50,000,000 for unemployment assistance allowances for the financial year 1935–36?
I assume my hon. Friend refers to the estimate of £50,000,000 for unemployment assistance allowances (Class V, 9). After allowing for the appropriate cost of administration this estimate would provide for the payment of about 790,000 claimants at the present average weekly rate of payment.