Benefit.

Oral Answers to Questions — Unemployment. – in the House of Commons at on 13 December 1937.

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Photo of Sir Francis Acland Sir Francis Acland , Cornwall Northern

asked the Minister of Labour whether, in view of the policy laid down by the Ministry of Health that a baby should be breast fed for as long as possible and of the fact that, under the practice of his Department, no woman can receive unemployment benefit while her baby is being so fed, he will say what steps he is taking to amend this practice?

Photo of Mr Ernest Brown Mr Ernest Brown , Leith

It is not the case that unemployment benefit is never payable in such cases. I am sending the hon. Member a copy of a decision by the Umpire which explains the conditions under which benefit may be drawn.

Photo of Sir Francis Acland Sir Francis Acland , Cornwall Northern

Does that mean that normally benefit is not payable while the mother is feeding her child in what I understand to be the proper as well as the natural manner, or that benefit is normally payable while she is doing that?

Photo of Mr Ernest Brown Mr Ernest Brown , Leith

After the right hon. Gentleman has considered the Umpire's decision, which goes back to 1923, perhaps he will consider whether he desires to pursue the matter further.

Photo of Mr David Logan Mr David Logan , Liverpool Scotland

Does the Minister suggest that it would be better for mothers to give their children the bottle instead of letting them have the best milk that a child can have?

Photo of Mr Ernest Brown Mr Ernest Brown , Leith

Perhaps the hon. Member also would like to look at the Umpire's decision.

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

Will the Minister bear in mind that many mothers cannot give breast feeding to their children on account of being badly fed themselves?