No; it would be quite impossible. In cases where there has been a change of circumstances it would mean the examination of every determination of that class throughout the country.
I presume the hon. Member is referring to a person belonging to one of the classes of persons which will not be brought within the scope of the Unemployment Assistance Board until after the second appointed day. The Board is not empowered at present to give assistance in respect of such persons, whether they are living with their parents or not. Subject to this, the practice of the Board is, I am informed, to include the needs of all children, irrespective of their ages, living with an applicant who are dependent on or ordinarily supported by him.
asked the Minister of Labour whether he is aware that persons receiving public assistance get no benefit for the week in which they commence work; and, as sometimes 10 days elapse before the first pay day arrives, whether he will amend the regulations and Form B. 7 so that such persons may not become destitute during this interval?
In answer to the first part of the question, I am informed that the present arrangements for the payment of unemployment allowances are such that only in very exceptional circumstances will a person receive no part of his allowance for the week in which he commences work. Ordinarily he will receive a proportion of the weekly allowance, depending on the day of the week in which he commences work or the amount of his earnings. As regards the second part of the question, the Unemployment Assistance Board are aware that difficulty of this kind occasionally arises. The board have this difficulty under examination with a view to the issue of further instructions.
asked the Minister of Labour whether he will secure that any new regulations submitted to him by the Public Assistance Board and laid by him before the House are published a considerable period before discussion in this House; and whether new legislation is contemplated?
It will naturally be my object to give the House as long notice as possible of any proposals made by the Board. As regards the second part of the question, the answer must depend on the extent to which those proposals are found to be in conformity with the existing law.