§ 20. Mr. John Foster
asked the Minister of National Insurance what was the number of persons receiving public 1136 assistance in the months of August, 1949, and August, 1948, respectively; and the total amounts paid in each of these months.
§ Mr. Steele
The number of applicants in receipt of regular grants of national assistance was 1,107,199 at the end of August, 1949, and 898,690 at the end of August, 1948; the total amount paid was about £3,835,000 in August, 1949, and £3,370,000 in August, 1948.