§ 1. Mr. H. G. WILLIAMS
asked the Minister of Labour whether, with a view to the provision of increased reserves to meet the burden of a future depression in trade, he will utilise a part of the surplus of the Unemployment Insurance 2 Fund for the purpose of a more rapid reduction in the funded debt of the fund?
§ The MINISTER of LABOUR (Mr. Ernest Brown)
No part of the Unemployment Fund can be treated as a disposable surplus unless and until it is so declared by the Unemployment Insurance Statutory Committee and any such surplus can be applied to reduce the debt of the Fund only upon the recommendation of the Statutory Committee. I would draw my hon. Friend's attention to paragraph 33 of the Committee's report of 7th February last. (House of Commons Paper 50.)
§ Mr. MAXTON
Will the right hon. Gentleman suggest to the Statutory Committee that raising the benefits would be snore appropriate than the payment of debt?
§ 2. Mr. ROLAND ROBINSON
asked the Minister of Labour whether, in view of the mounting surplus of the Unemployment Insurance Fund, he will ask the Statutory Committee to reconsider the position of the seasonal worker?
§ Mr. ROBINSON
Is it not a fact that the vast majority of the representations made to my right hon. Friend with regard to this surplus have been in favour of removing such anomalies rather than in favour of reducing contributions?
§ Mr. MACQUISTEN
Will the right hon. Gentleman consider taking fishermen into this scheme: in fact, should not everybody be brought in?