§ 6. Mr. Marcus Samuel
asked the Minister of Labour whether he will consider the advisability of introducing provisions whereby all savings invested during the war in Defence Loans and War Savings Certificates will in the future not be taken into account under any means test for unemployment allowances?
§ Mr. E. Brown
As my hon. Friend will be aware, the existing provisions make substantial allowance for savings. The question whether savings of the two classes referred to should be accorded further allowance is receiving consideration.
§ Mr. Thorne
Does not the right hon. Gentleman think that at the termination of this war the workers of this country will demand the abolition of the means test?
§ Mr. T. Smith
Is the Minister not aware that directly a man who is now buying War Savings Certificates becomes unem- 195 ployed that investment will be taken into account, and that the man will either have to sell at a poor rate of interest or will have to go short of benefit?