HC Deb 14 May 1931 vol 252 cc1387-8W

asked the Minister of Health whether he is "ware that in the West Ham district some of the persons engaged on the recent Census as enumerators only received £3 10s. 3d. for three weeks' service; and whether this scale of remuneration was in accordance with his instructions?


I have no knowledge of the cases to which my hon. Friend refers, but if he will give me particulars, I will make inquiries.


asked the Minister of Health whether he is aware that a number of unemployed who assisted as enumerators at the recent Census were disallowed benefit from the Employment Exchange; that these people have been told they will not be paid for their work as enumerators until the returns have been checked, which will not be until the end of June; and whether he can make some arrangement by which the work that has been performed will be paid for at a much earlier date?


With regard to the first part of the question, the hon. Member should address an inquiry to the Minister of Labour. With regard to the latter part of the question, so far as it relates to England and Wales, advance payment has already been made to each enumerator of the fixed fee of £2 which forms part of the remuneration due to him. The balance will be paid as soon as possible: but I cannot hold out any hope that payment can be made until it has been ascertained that the work has been properly done and the figures upon which the balance is calculated have been examined and verified.