HC Deb 27 March 1941 vol 370 cc715-6W
Mr. Parker

asked the Minister of Labour whether he has seen a leaflet, B.L. 20, entitled "Assistance Board." recently issued by that organisation; by what authority has the Board misquoted its terms of reference as laid down in the 1934 Act by omitting the words relating to the fitting of persons for return to regular employment; and whether he is satisfied that this omission implies no desire on the part of the Board to minimise their responsibility for rehabilitation of the unemployed?

Mr. Bevin

I have seen the leaflet and am informed that the usual typographical sign that the quotation was not complete was omitted by inadvertence. The leaflet will be suitably revised on the next reprint. The answer to the last part of the hon. Member's Question is in the affirmative.

Mr. Burke

asked the Minister of Labour whether he will extend the winter allowance of 2s., paid to unemployment assistance applicants, which normally will be withdrawn in the holiday week commencing 7th April?

Mr. Bevin

The Assistance Board inform me that they do not feel justified in continuing beyond the period already proposed the additional allowances granted to meet special needs due to winter conditions.

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