§ Mr. LAWSON
asked the Minister of Labour whether all the advisory committees have now been set up under the Unemployment Assistance Board; and whether he will state the areas of such committees; the number of them; and what is the nature of the organisations or bodies of which they are representative?
§ Mr. E. BROWN
126 committees are to be set up for the Board's administrative areas or groups of such areas. Chairmen and some members have already been appointed to all these committees. Further appointments to bring all committees into a position to start work will have been made by the end of this month. As regards the last part of the question the committees are not being formed upon a basis representative of particular organisations but persons representing the point of view of employers and workpeople have been appointed on the recommendation of the local employment committees of my Department and persons with experience in public assistance and public health administration on the recommendation of local authorities. In addition, a number of persons whose local knowledge and experience will be of value to the committees are being appointed as members. Copies of an explanatory memorandum (A.C.G. 1) giving further details about the constitution and functions of committees are available in the Library.