HC Deb 01 December 1919 vol 122 cc68-9W

asked the Minister of Labour, if he is aware that, owing to the, inability of the Ministry to provide efficient and rapid training for physically unfit ex-Service men, the latter have now only £1 a week to live on in addition to a small pension; and whether he will consider, in view of the extreme hardships of these cases, the desirability of making no reduction in the amount of unemployment money paid to them?


Every effort is being made to deal as rapidly as possible with the training of ex-Service men; but in view of the decision of the House of Commons it is not possible to increase the amount of donation allowance of 20s. per week under the extension recently granted. It should be borne in mind, moreover, that a considerable number of ex-Service men have not yet exhausted their rights under their original policies, and are thus still receiving the higher rates of donation payable under those policies.