13. Mr. ANDERSON
asked the Minister of Labour what is the total estimated sum that will be saved per year in the county of Cumberland as a result of the new Unemployment Assistance Board regulations and the application of the means test?
§ Mr. E. BROWN
I would refer the hon. Member to the reply given to the hon. Member for Rhondda, East (Mr. Mainwaring) on Tuesday last.
§ Mr. BROWN
The estimate to which the hon. Member refers was related to transitional payments, which had regard to benefit rates and conditions. This is not generally the case with unemployment allowances, and I would refer the hon. Member to my reply of 16th July last to the hon. Member for Bishop Auckland (Mr. Dalton) in which I pointed out the reasons why it is not now possible to give an estimate of the amount saved by the operation of the means test.
§ 27. Mr. GRAHAM WHITE
asked the Minister of Labour, as on the last convenient date prior to 16th November, how many of the allowances paid by the Unemployment Assistance Board exceeded the amount which would have been payable to the same applicants under standard benefit?
§ Mr. JAMES GRIFFITHS
Will the right hon. Gentleman, at the same time, inquire in how many cases the amounts payable by the Unemployment Assistance Board were less than what would have been payable under standard benefit?