§ 5. Mr. James Hall
asked the Minister of Labour the reason for the refusal of the district committee of the Unemployment Assistance Board to give assistance to Mrs. E. Lebow, of 41, Nathaniel Buildings, E.1?
§ Mr. E. Brown
I am informed that the chairman of the appeal tribunal, whose decision on an appeal on such a matter is final, decided that Mrs. Lebow was not within the scope of the Unemployment Assistance Act, and the Board therefore had no power to grant her an allowance.
§ 20. Mr. Ridley
asked the Minister of Labour how many applicants for unemployment assistance had the means test applied to their application in the most recent week for which the information is available; what was the average amount consequently deducted from normal assistance; how many nil determinations resulted; and what was the total economy involved?
§ Mr. Brown
I would refer the hon. Member to the reply which I gave to a similar question put by him on 23rd June last. I am not in a position to add to that reply except to say that recent inquiry has shown that in the week ended 4th November the number of nil determinations given in cases where the applicant was adjudged to be not in need of an allowance was 2,797.
§ Mr. Ridley
Is the right hon. Gentleman aware that the reply which he previously gave did not disclose the answer to the latter part of my question, namely, the total economies resulting from the means test; and may I ask whether that was due to his inability, or to his unwillingness, to give the information?
§ Mr. Lawson
How is it that the reasons and the amounts were given in the first year of the operation of this matter and cannot be given now?
21. Mr. J. J. Davidson
asked the Minister of Labour whether he has made any recommendations recently to ensure 1914 the lengthening of the period of additional winter allowances to the unemployed?
Do the Government or does the right hon. Gentleman intend to re-examine in the near future the whole question of winter allowances?
Is there any indication in the Government's Measure that they intend to lengthen the term of the winter allowances?
§ 9. Mr. J. Hall
asked the Minister of Labour whether he is in a position to make a statement with regard to the disturbances at Islington, Stepney, and Lewisham Unemployment Assistance Board's offices concerning the disagreement between officials of the Unemployment Assistance Board and the unemployed as to winter allowances?
§ Mr. Brown
I am informed by the Board that on the morning of Wednesday, 16th November, three separate groups of men (30 in all, of whom some were applicants to the Board), gathered in the Board's offices at Camden Town, Camberwell and Shoreditch and demanded a general flat rate for winter allowances irrespective of needs. They barricaded themselves in rooms on the premises and declared their intention of not coming out until their demands were met. Police officers were called in, and at Camden Town the men were persuaded to leave, but in the other two offices entry to the barricaded rooms had to be forced. All the persons concerned subsequently dispersed without further incident.
§ Mr. Buchanan
In view of the fact that in the matter of winter allowances discrimination as between one man and another is bound to cause discontent, will the Minister see that where allowances are being paid the winter allowances should also be given?