HC Deb 02 June 1938 vol 336 c2207
4. Mr. R. J. Taylor

asked the Minister of Labour the number of unemployed in receipt of Unemployment Assistance Board allowance in Northumberland; how many received the winter increase; and what was the total amount paid as special allowance?

Mr. E. Brown

In the Board's administrative area of Blyth, Blaydon, Elswick, Newcastle, Heaton, Wallsend and North Shields, which together cover, though they are not co-terminous with, the county of Northumberland, the number of assessments current on 17th January last was 20,689. In 9,949 of these cases the assessment included a winter addition. The total amount paid by way of special allowance cannot be stated, but the average weekly value per case was approximately 2s.

Mr. Taylor

Are any of the recipients still in receipt of the allowance?

Mr. Brown

Perhaps the hon. Member will give me notice of that question, and I will give him an answer.

Mr. J. J. Davidson

Is the right hon. Gentleman aware that the winter of the unemployed has been considerably lengthened by this Government, and will he, therefore, extend the period of the allowance?

Mr. Brown

250,000 workers seem to think that their winter will be lessened.