§ Mr. Champion
asked the Minister of Labour if, in view of the increase in short-time working and in unemployment and the additional travelling caused by the closing of employment exchanges, he will reconsider his refusal to pay the omnibus fares of those who have to travel considerable distances to sign on at the employment exchanges.
§ Mr. Iain Macleod
No. The distance between a claimant's home and the nearest employment exchange is already taken into account in deciding the frequency of his attendance to prove unemployment. If the distance is four miles or less, he is required to attend twice weekly, if it is over four miles but less than six, only once a week, and his attendance is dispensed with altogether if he lives six miles or more away.