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Oral Answers to Questions — Unemployment. – in the House of Commons on 26th November 1936.

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Photo of Mr Robert Taylor Mr Robert Taylor , Morpeth

asked the Minister of Labour what conditions govern the payment of benefit to the dependants of a claimant in receipt of unemployment assistance benefit who has died before benefit is paid?

Photo of Mr Ernest Brown Mr Ernest Brown , Leith

The Unemployment Assistance Board inform me that arrangements have now been made under which, in cases where hardship to dependants would otherwise result, payment will be made to the representative of a deceased person of an amount corresponding to the period during which the deceased applicant was qualified for an allowance subsequent to the date on which the last payment was made.

Photo of Mr Emanuel Shinwell Mr Emanuel Shinwell , Seaham

asked the Minister of Labour what is the estimated annual cost of the abolition of the household means test?

Photo of Mr Ernest Brown Mr Ernest Brown , Leith

I would refer the hon. Member to my reply of 16th July last to the hon. Member for Bishop Auckland (Mr. Dalton), in which I dealt fully with this matter.

Photo of Mr Emanuel Shinwell Mr Emanuel Shinwell , Seaham

Did the right hon. Gentleman give the estimated amount in that reply?

Photo of Mr Ernest Brown Mr Ernest Brown , Leith

No, I pointed out many reasons why it was not possible to do so.

Photo of Mr Emanuel Shinwell Mr Emanuel Shinwell , Seaham

If the sum required is not very large, ought it to stand in the way of the removal of the intense poverty in many thousands of homes?

Photo of Mr Ernest Brown Mr Ernest Brown , Leith

Perhaps the hon. Gentleman will read the answer, and, if necessary, put down another question.

Photo of Mr David Kirkwood Mr David Kirkwood , Dumbarton District of Burghs

Seeing that the right hon. Gentleman was in such close contact with the King, did not the King suggest that the means test should be done away with?

Photo of Lieut-General Edward Fitzroy Lieut-General Edward Fitzroy , Daventry

The hon. Member must not bring in the King's name.

Photo of Mr George Buchanan Mr George Buchanan , Glasgow Gorbals

In view of the Statutory Committee's report on the surplus, which is now, I understand, fairly large, will not the right hon. Gentleman recommend to the Committee that the surplus should be used for the abolition of the means test?

Photo of Mr Ernest Brown Mr Ernest Brown , Leith

No, the Statutory Committee have their own duty to examine the facts and to report to me accordingly.