Oral Answers to Questions — Unemployment (Insurance Fund).

– in the House of Commons on 2nd July 1935.

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Photo of Mr William Thorne Mr William Thorne , West Ham Plaistow

38.

asked the Minister of Labour whether, in consequence of the large surplus that has accumulated in the Insurance Fund, which is increasing week by week, the Unemployment Insurance Statutory Committee have considered the advisability of increasing unemployment benefit to adult men and women, with proportionate increases to children, and the inclusion in the scheme of juveniles between the ages of 14 and 16 for benefit in their own right; and, if so, whether the Government have considered the proposals?

Photo of Mr Ernest Brown Mr Ernest Brown , Leith

I understand that the Unemployment Insurance Statutory Committee, as indicated in their report of February last, intend to make a special report upon the financial position of the Unemployment Fund at an early date. Upon receiving such a report, the Government will consider any proposals contained in it.

Photo of Mr William Thorne Mr William Thorne , West Ham Plaistow

When the report is ready, will it be circulated to Members of the House?

Photo of Mr Ernest Brown Mr Ernest Brown , Leith

I am not sure about that, but I shall give the point my consideration.