Duration of Donation.

Oral Answers to Questions — Out-of-Work Donation. – in the House of Commons on 14th April 1919.

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Photo of Commander Sir Edward Nicholl Commander Sir Edward Nicholl , Penryn and Falmouth

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asked the Minister of Labour how long it is proposed to continue payments to the unemployed; and if he is aware that in many parts of the country neither men nor women will look for or accept work whilst this benefit is continued?

Photo of Sir Robert Horne Sir Robert Horne , Glasgow Hillhead

The out-of-work donation scheme for civilian workers as at present constituted, including the original and reduced benefit, comes to an end on 25th November next; but no individual will be entitled to payment for more than twenty-six weeks during the year ending on that date. It is a condition of the receipt of donation that applicants shall be unable to obtain suitable employment, and if it is shown that they have refused such employment, donation is suspended and the cases are brought before the local Courts of Referees.

Photo of Sir John Butcher Sir John Butcher , City of York

Is there any punishment awarded to people who obtain these donations by false statements?

Photo of Sir Robert Horne Sir Robert Horne , Glasgow Hillhead

I have no doubt my hon. and learned Friend knows that prosecutions have already taken place.

Photo of Mr John Jones Mr John Jones , West Ham Silvertown

Are other people, living for nothing, being prosecuted?