§ 1. Mr. John Morgan
asked the Minister of Labour whether unemployed persons can take on allotments for growing food in war-time, with the assurance that the amounts from any sales from surplus produce will not be deducted from their insurance benefits; and what will be the position of similar persons receiving payment from the Assistance Board?
§ The Minister of Labour (Mr. Ernest Brown)
As regards unemployment benefit, no deductions would be made, and a claim would not be affected by the fact of the claimant working on his own allotment. As regards unemployment assistance, I am informed that the practice of the Board is to make no deductions on account of produce consumed in the household or of cash sales which are merely occasional. I will send the hon. Member a copy of a poster on the subject which is exhibited in Employment Exchanges.
§ Mr. Morgan
Does that mean that in effect the unemployed man can take up an allotment at the present time with a good deal of assurance that his position will not be penalised?
§ Mr. James Griffiths
Would the right hon. Gentleman secure this consideration to those who make regular weekly sales of the produce of their allotments?
§ Mr. Thorne
Is it not the fact that a man working on an allotment is entitled to an amount of 3s. 4d. a day?
§ Mr. Attlee
In view of that answer, will the right hon. Gentleman realise that whatever the regulations might have been two or three years ago in peace-time, they should not be the same in war-time, when we are urging everybody to produce food?