HC Deb 18 July 1935 vol 304 cc1192-3

asked the Minister of Labour whether he is aware that Mr. W. Ainscough, of 23, Queen Street, Orrell, near Wigan, is in receipt of unemployment benefit for himself, and dependant's benefit for his wife, but has been refused dependant's benefit for his four children, all of whom are living with him and under 14 years of age; and whether he will take such action as may be necessary to safeguard dependant's benefits in this and similar cases?

The MINISTER of LABOUR (Mr. Ernest Brown)

I am having inquiries made, and will communicate with the hon. Member as soon as possible.


May I point out that the question states that there are foul children under 14, all of whom are living with this man and are getting no allowance whatever? We were led to believe that the reason given for that is a decision of the Umpire. Would the Minister use his influence with the Umpire to see if this case cannot be reviewed on its merits as set out here?


Will not the Minister communicate with the Whole House on this matter? It is a general matter for the House?


I will communicate with the hon. Member, so that he can take such steps as he may think desirable.

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