HC Deb 07 December 1939 vol 355 cc859-60W
Mr. George Hall

asked the Minister of Labour whether he has now received the new draft regulations from the Unemployment Assistance Board; if so, whether the Government has accepted them, and when they will operate?

Mr. E. Brown

I have received from the Unemployment Assistance Board and have approved draft regulations proposing certain increases in the scale rates of unemployment assistance. These draft Regulations have been laid before Parliament for approval, in accordance with the procedure prescribed by Section 52 of the Unemployment Insurance Act, 1934. If Parliamentary approval is received by 14th December, it is hoped to make payments at the increased rates to the great majority of applicants before Christmas.