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Oral Answers to Questions — Unemployment. – in the House of Commons on 10th December 1931.

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Photo of Mr Aaron Curry Mr Aaron Curry , Bishop Auckland

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asked the Minister of Labour if, in view of the continued de- crease in unemployment since the advent of the National Government, he can give any indication as to when the Unemployment Fund will be able to bear increased benefits for the unemployed?

Photo of Sir Henry Betterton Sir Henry Betterton , Rushcliffe

The factors are too uncertain to enable me to say when or whether the Unemployment Fund will be able to bear increased burdens of any kind.

Photo of Mr Aaron Curry Mr Aaron Curry , Bishop Auckland

Is not the right hon. Gentleman aware that in the winter the needs of the unemployed are much greater, because of the necessity for fuel, extra clothing, and the like I Will the Minister consider the possibility of making an extra grant during the months of January, February and March?

Photo of Sir Henry Betterton Sir Henry Betterton , Rushcliffe

That suggestion would involve legislation, and it is not the question on the Paper. I may say that the debt on the fund is still very heavy, and its income is not yet by any means up to its expenditure.

Photo of Mr Harold Macmillan Mr Harold Macmillan , Stockton-on-Tees

Can the right hon. Gentleman say what is the estimated figure of unemployment at which the income of the fund will balance its outgoings?

Photo of Sir Henry Betterton Sir Henry Betterton , Rushcliffe

That is a question which cannot be answered definitely, because it depends upon the nature of the claims on the fund; but I can, tell my hon. and gallant Friend that it is exceeding its income at present by something like a few hundred thousands a week, whereas formerly the excess was about a million pounds a week.