HC Deb 20 April 1939 vol 346 c468
15. Mr. T. Smith

asked the Minister of Labour whether the Unemployment Assistance Board contemplate modifying the household means test in the near future?

Mr. E. Brown

No, Sir.

Mr. Smith

Is the Minister aware that there is a tremendous amount of hardship in some of these homes where there has been long-term unemployment and where there is a son working, and will he advise the Board to modify their regulations?

Mr. Brown

I was asked a specific question and I have answered it. Perhaps the hon. Member will wait until I have received the report of the Board.

Mr. T. Williams

Does not the right hon. Gentleman think that his reply is the best advertisement against any form of National Service?

Mr. Brown

No, I should not say that at all.

Mr. Mander

Could the right hon. Gentleman say what would be the cost of abolishing the household means test?

Mr. Brown

Not without notice.

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