§ 72. Mr. THORNE
asked the Minister of Labour whether he is aware that the Blackburn Rural Council gave temporary employment to about 30 men, who were on transitional benefit, and that the amount they earned was deducted from their benefit and that in one case a man was actually out of pocket; and what action he intends taking to stop the penalising of men who are willing to work?
§ The PARLIAMENTARY SECRETARY to the MINISTRY of LABOUR (Lieut.-Colonel Muirhead)
I am informed by the Unemployment Assistance Board that they are unable to trace these cases. If the hon. Member will supply me with particulars I will communicate further with the Board.
§ Mr. THORNE
Is the hon. and gallant Member not aware that the men in question were engaged for the purpose of clearing snow? If he has not the information I will supply it.