HC Deb 24 March 1938 vol 333 c1349
5. Mr. J. J. Davidson

asked the Minister of Labour whether he has now, as a result of his last tour of local areas and exchanges, formulated new schemes to deal with unemployment or new methods of administration; and, if so, has he any statement to make?

Mr. E. Brown

I have nothing to add to the answer which I gave to the hon. Member on 3rd March.

Mr. Davidson

Is the Minister aware that many thousands of people have been waiting a considerable time for him to redeem his promise that something would be done?

Mr. Brown

There was no such promise at all. I promised to examine every statement made and all the facts concerned, and to make a statement. I am now carrying out that examination. The only promise I have given is that I would make a statement at the appropriate moment.

Mr. Davidson

Was not that examination with a view to improving the conditions of administration and bringing in schemes?

Mr. Brown

Certainly: It was administrative.

Mr. George Griffiths

Sid not the Minister give some hope to those who were over the age of 45; and is it not likely that they will die without any hope?

Mr. Brown

That is not the question.

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