§ Mr. BOULTON
asked the Minister of Labour if he is aware that persons receiving transitional benefits and, in addition, assistance from certain local authorities are being advised that under the new Unemployment Bill such additional assistance will be lost to them; and will he state what the exact position is?
§ Sir H. BETTERTON
Under the Unemployment Bill transitional payments will cease, but persons to whom Part II of the Bill applies may be assisted by the unemployment assistance board who will have power to grant allowances. Such allowances may not be supplemented by a public assistance authority, but since the amount of an allowance will be determined by reference to the applicant's needs and will not be subject to the maximum of the unemployment benefit rate, there will be no occasion to supplement it.