§ 11. Mr. Burke
asked the Minister of Labour whether he is aware that a number of unemployed persons drawing unemployment assistance benefit have been refused the extra grants recently made on the ground that, with these grants, the amounts paid would be above their normal earnings; and whether he will take into consideration the increased cost of living, which has led to higher wage rates which these unemployed persons would be receiving in their usual occupations?
§ Mr. E. Brown
The Board assure me that it is their normal practice, in determining the wage to be taken in applying the wage-stop provision, to have regard to the wage which the applicant would for the time being be likely to earn if employed, and that their officers are fully aware of the necessity of taking into consideration alterations in wage rates.