§ Mr. HAYDAY
asked the Minister of Labour whether she will give instructions for the payment of unemployment benefit on Friday, 20th December, for the two weeks ending Wednesday, 18th, and Wednesday, 25th December, respectively: and if she will state upon what days during the week ending 28th December the Exchanges will be closed for the purpose of taking signings?
§ Mr. LAWSON
I am afraid that it would not be possible to pay on the 20th December an the assumption that claimants would be unemployed during the following days, and unemployment benefit for the week ending Wednesday, the 25th December, will be paid on the normal pay day, Friday, the 27th December. Exchanges will be closed on Wednesday and Thursday, the 25th and 26th December, in England and Wales, and on Wednesday, the 25th December, in Scotland.