HL Deb 04 December 1919 vol 37 c672

Order of the Day for the Second Reading read.


My Lords, I have introduced many uncontroversial Bills to your Lordships, but this is probably the most uncontroversial I have had the honour to propose. It merely increases the rate of unemployment insurance benefit from 7s. to 11s. in the case of adults, from 3s. 6d. to 5s. 6d. in the case of those of seventeen or eighteen. It has been found possible to do this because there is an accumulated sum owing to risks not having had to be fulfilled, and the interest on that sum, plus the premiums now payable, are considered ample, on revised data, to meet the risk. That is guaranteed by the Government Actuary in a Report., and if your Lordships are content to take that from me I do not think I need read that Report to you.

Moved, That the Bill he now read 2a.— (Viscount Sandhurst.)

On Question, Bill read 2a and committed to a Committee of the Whole House.