HC Deb 12 February 1920 vol 125 cc262-3W
Colonel ASHLEY

asked the Minister of Labour, what is now the considered policy of the Government with respect to the payment of unemployment benefit to ex-service men, and especially if it is proposed to extend the period, when the need is urgent, in cases where the payment is about to expire?


The policy of the Government is represented by the Out-of-Work Donation Scheme under which ex-service men if unemployed are entitled to donation during the year following their personal demobilisation up to a number of weeks which may amount to a total of 46 in the case of disabled men and 39 in the case of non-disabled men; in addition a further nine weeks may be drawn during the period ending 31st March next. I am afraid that I cannot now give any undertaking to extend the grant of donation to ex-service men who have exhausted their right to donation before the 31st March next.