§ 3. Mr. Ellis Smith
asked the Minister of Labour the date on which winter allowances will be made, and the scale allowed, to applicants for assistance from the Unemployment Assistance Board?
§ Mr. E. Brown
The Unemployment Assistance Board inform me that under the Unemployment Assistance (Winter Adjustments) Regulations, 1938, temporary additions to allowances in appropriate cases will begin to be made in respect of payweeks which end during the calendar week commencing 30th October, 1939. The administration will proceed on the same general lines as were followed in making the special adjustments last winter, and the necessary 2061 review of cases on this basis is now proceeding. A copy of the Board's instruction to their officers which refers to the addition to be made in normal cases has been placed in the Library.
§ Mr. James Griffiths
In view of the certainty that some of the commodities for which this allowance was paid will be higher in price this year than last year, will the right hon. Gentleman urge the Unemployment Assistance Board to pay more than 2s. 6d.?
§ 13. Mr. Leslie
asked the Minister of Labour whether he will consider increasing the winter allowance to unemployed persons in view of the rising cost of living due to war conditions?
§ 11 and 12. Mr. Ness Edwards
asked the Minister of Labour (1) whether he will give an assurance that in calculating the needs of a household for unemployment assistance, he will give a direction that increases in wages to meet the increased cost of living received by employed persons in the household of unemployed claimants shall not be taken into account;
(2) Whether he has considered the resolution of the South Wales Miners' Federation that, in view of the increased cost of living, the scales of unemployment benefit and assistance should be increased; and whether he has any statement to make thereon?
§ Mr. T. Smith
May we take it that the situation is being carefully watched and that the Unemployment Assistance Board are considering the matter?
§ Mr. J. Griffiths
Will the right hon. Gentleman's statement about considering the matter on its merits mean that the Unemployment Assistance Board will not be tied down?