HC Deb 03 February 1938 vol 331 cc392-3W
Mr. Short

asked the Minister of Labour whether he will state the total contributions made by the State, the employers, and the workers, respectively, under the agricultural workers unemployment insurance scheme; the total benefits paid; the cost of administration; the amount of the surplus; and whether the statutory committee have made any recommendations?

Mr. E. Brown

Up to 31st December, 1937, the approximate contribution income and expenditure of the Agricultural Account of the Unemployment Fund and the balance of the account on that date, were as follow:—

Contributions from employers (20 months) 880,000
Contributions from employed persons (20 months) 880,000
Exchequer contributions (20 months) 880,000
Benefit paid (14 months) 501,000
Appropriation for administration (20 months) 330,000
Balance (including Interest) 1,825,000

Contributions became payable in respect of the insurance of persons employed in agriculture as from 4th May, 1936, and benefit as from 5th November, 1936. The scheme was extended to include private gardeners as from 1st February, 1937.

The Unemployment Insurance Statutory Committee have not yet made their report on the financial condition of the Unemployment Fund (Agricultural Account) as at 31st December, 1937, but the report is due to be made before the end of this month.