§ 1. Mr. GRAHAM WHITE
asked the Minister of Labour the number of allowances under the Unemployment Assistance Board which were in force when the standstill arrangement was made, and the number which have since been disallowed for reasons other than that the applicants have obtained employment?
§ Mr. GEORGE GRIFFITHS
Would it not be possible for the Minister to get this information before the House rises?
§ 5. Mr. GIBBINS
asked the Minister of Labour whether he is aware that adult children are not considered for benefit by the Unemployment Assistance Board; and what steps he is taking to deal with this matter?
§ Mr. E. BROWN
I presume the hon. Member is referring to a person belonging to one of the classes of persons which will not be brought within the scope of 2822 the Unemployment Assistance Board until after the second appointed day. The Board is not empowered at present to give assistance in respect of such persons, whether they are living with their parents or not. Subject to this, the practice of the Board is, I am informed, to include the needs of all children, irrespective of their ages, living with an applicant who are dependent on or ordinarily supported by him.
§ Mr. GIBBINS
Is the Minister aware that a man transferred to the Unemployment Assistance Board is not allowed anything for children over 14 years of age?
§ Mr. GIBBINS
Will the Minister seek information from the public assistance authorities, who will give him scores of cases in which children over 14 are not being considered by the board?
§ 6. Major PROCTER
asked the Minister of Labour whether he is aware that persons receiving public assistance get no benefit for the week in which they commence work; and, as sometimes 10 days elapse before the first pay day 2823 arrives, whether he will amend the regulations and Form B. 7 so that such persons may not become destitute during this interval?
§ Mr. BROWN
In answer to the first part of the question, I am informed that the present arrangements for the payment of unemployment allowances are such that only in very exceptional circumstances will a person receive no part of his allowance for the week in which he commences work. Ordinarily he will receive a proportion of the weekly allowance, depending on the day of the week in which he commences work or the amount of his earnings. As regards the second part of the question, the Unemployment Assistance Board are aware that difficulty of this kind occasionally arises. The board have this difficulty under examination with a view to the issue of further instructions.
§ Major PROCTER
Is the Minister aware that there is great hardship in Lancashire in connection with the making-up days for the receipt of pay; and will he look at the wording of Form B. 7 with a view to altering it to refer to receipt of payments instead of earnings?
§ 9. Mr. MANDER
asked the Minister of Labour whether he will secure that any new regulations submitted to him by the Public Assistance Board and laid by him before the House are published a considerable period before discussion in this House; and whether new legislation is contemplated?