HC Deb 20 January 1942 vol 377 cc240-1W
Mr. Ness Edwards

asked the Minister of Labour how many claimants for unemployment assistance have been declared to be out of scope under Section 36 (1) of the Unemployment Assistance Act, 1934, in the Welsh regional area, up to the latest most convenient date?

Mr. Bevin

I am informed by the Assistance Board that during the 12 months ending 28th November, 1941, some 66,000 applications for Unemployment Assistance or payments under the Prevention and Relief of Distress Scheme were made in Wales, and in 3,969 cases the applicant was found not to satisfy one or other of the conditions laid down by Section 36 (1) of the Act (as extended by the Regulations made under the Emergency Powers Act). During the same period 3,194 applicants to whom allowances were being paid ceased to fulfil all the necessary conditions and the allowance was accordingly withdrawn. Separate figures for Unemployment Assistance and Prevention and Relief of Distress are not available. During the same period there were 390 appeals against the decision of the Board's officer declaring an applicant to be out of scope and in 93 of these the decision was reversed.

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