§ Mr. E. SIMON
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?
§ Mr. SNOWDEN
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.