HC Deb 15 December 1938 vol 342 c2206W
Mr. G. Macdonald

asked the Minister of Labour whether he will give an estimate of the increased cost involved if the continuity period for unemployment benefit, was amended to two days in six being substituted for three days in six; and whether he is prepared to give favourable consideration to such an amendment?

Mr. E. Brown

The additional cost to the Unemployment Fund of such a change in the continuity rule cannot be calculated with any accuracy, but on such assumptions as can be made it is estimated that the cost would be of the order of £1,000,000 a year. On present information I know of no ground for making such a change and I should not contemplate proposing any change involving expenditure of this order without consulting the Unemployment Insurance Statutory Committee.