HC Deb 26 June 1958 vol 590 c48W
74. Mr. Hurd

asked the Minister of Pensions and National Insurance if he will state the number of cases since 1st May in which the families of those on strike in the London omnibus dispute and in the London docks have been paid National Assistance, and the total sum involved.

Miss Pitt

The National Assistance Board informs me that during the strike of some 48,000 omnibus workers, which began on 5th May and ended nearly seven weeks later on 20th June, 4,199 strikers' families received assistance at a cost of £16,642. The Board also informs me that separate figures for the dock strike are not available, but information about this strike and the one at Smithfield Market can be given together. Up to 24th June, when these strikes had lasted, respectively, for about six and nine weeks involving, it is understood, some 20,000 dock workers and over 4,000 meat market workers, 5,505 of their families received assistance at a cost of £51,332.

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