HC Deb 06 March 1924 vol 170 c1612W

asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether, if the contributions to the Unemployment Fund are continued at the present rate, there will be, as soon as unemployment becomes normal, a surplus sufficient to include among the benefits pensions for widows and their children; and, if so, whether he will introduce legislation to secure these benefits without delay?


Under the statutes relating to unemployment the rates of contribution fall to be reduced as soon as the Fund is again in a sound financial position. Whether these arrangements should be varied and the whole or part of any surplus revenue of the Fund be devoted to a scheme of widows' pensions is a matter on which I cannot express any opinion at the present time.

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