Benefit, Millom.

Oral Answers to Questions — Unemployment. – in the House of Commons on 19th March 1923.

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Photo of Mr Thomas Duffy Mr Thomas Duffy , Whitehaven

89.

asked the Minister of Labour how many persons in the Millom area of Cumberland who have been in receipt of unemployment benefit are now upon the gap; and how long they have been on the gap?

Photo of Sir Henry Betterton Sir Henry Betterton , Rushcliffe

The number of persons attending at the Millom Employment Exchange who up to 12th March had exhausted benefit during the fourth special period was 86.

The date of exhaustion and the numbers exhausting at these dates are as follow:

5th February7
12th "2
26th "8
5th March6
12th "63

Photo of Mr Thomas Duffy Mr Thomas Duffy , Whitehaven

Is the hon. Gentleman aware that the district in which Millom is situated has already had its grant reduced by thousands of pounds during the past year, and that consequently the board of guardians is unable to keep these people?

Photo of Sir Henry Betterton Sir Henry Betterton , Rushcliffe

That supplementary question would appear to raise the question of the gap. We shall be discussing the whole question of gaps this afternoon on the Report stage of the Unemployment Insurance Bill. Perhaps the hon. Member will raise the matter then.