asked the Minister of Labour whether he can state the number of applications made to the Unemployment Assistance Board at Blaenavon, Pontypool, and Pontnewydd by persons in receipt of insurance benefit; the number of applications granted during the months 1648W of January and February last; and the total cost of such grants?
§ Mr. E. Brown
Information as to the number of applications for unemployment allowances given in supplementation of unemployment benefit is only available for the Board's Administrative Area of Pontypool as a whole. This includes, in addition to Blaenavon and Pontnewydd, the territory covered by the Ministry's local offices at Abergavenny, Usk and Monmouth. During the nine weeks ended 4th March the number of such applications in this administrative area was 88, in 64 of which an allowance was authorised. The total cost of the supplementation payments made at local offices of the Ministry in the three places mentioned in the hon. Member's question during the same period was just under £100.