HC Deb 12 March 1951 vol 485 cc107-8W
29. Mrs. Braddock

asked the Minister of National Insurance why instructions were issued by the National Assistance Board officials in Liverpool, that no assistance was to be paid to dockers who had been on strike, stating this was on the instructions of the National Board when no such order was issued from headquarters.

Dr. Summerskill

The Board are satisfied that applications from dockers and their dependants on Merseyside were dealt with in accordance with their instructions. Over£7,200 was paid out to meet the needs of dependants. Dockers who had returned to work were correctly informed that as they could obtain a payment on account of wages they could not be regarded as needing assistance.