§ Mr. Randall
asked the Minister of Pensions and National Insurance how many applicants for National Assistance 3W in the Gateshead area are affected by the wage stop; what proportion this is of the total; and when she will announce the completion of the review of social security schemes at present being undertaken.
§ Mr. Pentland
The County Borough of Gateshead is served by two offices of the National Assistance Board which between them also cover a considerable area beyond it, including the Urban Districts of Felling and Washington. In the area served by these offices there were, at the end of March, 1965, 126 unemployed persons whose assistance allowances were restricted by reference to their usual earnings, that is just over 14 per cent. of all those receiving assistance on account of unemployment and just over 1 per cent. of all those receiving National Assistance allowances in the area. I cannot yet say when the review of social security schemes is likely to be completed.