HC Deb 24 April 1936 vol 311 cc443-4W

asked the Minister of Labour whether he is aware that, when application for assistance under the pots and pans clause was made to the Unemployment Assistance Board's tribunal at Dunfermline on 12th February, an applicant for blankets for his children was advised by the chairman of the tribunal to use brown paper if the children were cold, and, further, that he should keep his seven-months-old daughter in a drawer or a grocer's box, and that the chairman justified this advice on the ground that it had not been a severe winter; and will he take steps to prevent such conduct which contravenes both the spirit and the letter of the clause in question?


I am informed by the Unemployment Assistance Board that they are making inquiries and I will communicate with the hon. Member when the result is known.