§ Sir R. ASKE
asked the Minister of Labour the number of persons receiving unemployment assistance in whose cases the Unemployment Assistance Board scale is greater than the transitional payments scale; the number in whose cases the Unemployment Assistance Board scale is less than the transitional payments scale; also, if figures are available, the number in whose cases the Unemployment Assistance Board scale is greater, and the number in whose cases it is less, than the unemployment benefit scale; and if he will give the above figures for England and Wales and also for the Newcastle-on-Tyne area?
§ Mr. E. BROWN
pursuant to his reply (OFFICIAL REPORT, 29th May, 1936, cols. 2402–4, Vol. 312) supplied the following statement:
In the week ended 13th December, 1935, the most recent date for which these statistics are available, the approximate number of payments of unemployment allowances under the Unemployment Assistance Regulations, as being equal to or more favourable than according to transitional payments practice, and the number of payments made according to that practice, as being more favourable than under the regulations were as follows:215W
Number of payments of Unemployment Allowances in the week ended 13th December, 1935. — Great Britain. England and Wales. Newcastle-on-Tyne.* According to the Unemployment Assistance Regulations. 305,000 (44 per cent.). 270,000 (47 per cent.). 8,400 (70 per cent.). According to Transitional Payments practice. 388,000 (56 per cent.). 305,000 (53 per cent.). 3,570 (30 per cent.). * Payments made at Employment Exchanges in the County Borough area.
Figures are not available for the purpose of comparison of scales under the Unemployment Assistance Regulations with unemployment benefit.
§ Sir R. ASKE
asked the Minister of Labour the total weekly amount being paid in transitional payments in July, 1931, and at the end of 1934, and the total weekly amount being paid in unemployment assistance at the present time, and the average amount per applicant, including dependants, being paid per
Statement showing at certain dates the approximate total weekly amounts paid at local offices of the Ministry of Labour by way of transitional benefit, transitional payments and unemployment allowances in Great Britain, England and Wales and Newcastle-on-Tyne (County Borough Area) and the average weekly payments (including dependants). Date. Great Britain. England and Wales. Newcastle-on-Tyne. Total weekly amount paid. Average weekly payment (including dependants). Total weekly amount paid. Average weekly payment (including dependants). Total weekly amount paid. Average weekly payment (including dependants). Transitional Benefit: (a) £ s. d. £ s. d. £ s. d. July, 1931 470,000 20 7 394,000 20 5 8,500 22 1 Transitional Payments: Week ended 14th December, 1934. 773,000 22 0 636,000 21 11 14,400 22 9 Transitional Payments and Unemployment Allowances: January and February, 1935; "first appointed day" to the "standstill."(b) 776,000 21 11 640,000 21 11 14,400 22 8 Unemployment Allowances: Week ended 15th May, 1936. 762,000 23 6 631,000 23 6 13,450 24 6 (a) As from 12th November, 1931, transitional benefit was abolished and replaced by transitional payments. (b) Excluding the payments of arrears of unemployment allowances under the provisions of be Unemployment Assistance (Temporary Provisions) Act, 1935.