Benefit and Assistance.

Oral Answers to Questions — Unemployment. – in the House of Commons on 1st February 1940.

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Photo of Mr Richard Acland Mr Richard Acland , Barnstaple

asked the Minister of Labour under which of the Regulations governing the payment of unemployment benefit, members of the Lynmouth lifeboat crew who went to the assistance of a blazing oil-tanker had one day's benefit stopped on account of the money they received from the Lifeboat Institute in recognition of their services?

Photo of Mr Ernest Brown Mr Ernest Brown , Leith

In accordance with various decisions of the umpire under Sections 23 and 35 (5) of the Unemployment Insurance Act, 1935, such payments, generally speaking, would be a bar to benefit. I have not yet been able to complete my inquiries into the special case put, but as soon as I have done so I will write to my hon. Friend.

Photo of Mr Richard Acland Mr Richard Acland , Barnstaple

I cannot say that I regard the answer as unsatisfactory, because I understand the principles that are applied, but I hope I shall have an opportunity on the Adjournment of inviting the Minister to reconsider the whole of this matter in relation to lifeboat crews and their special circumstances.

Photo of Mr Ernest Brown Mr Ernest Brown , Leith

Perhaps the hon. Member will look at the Government's derision on 3rd March, 1925.

Photo of Mr Walter Windsor Mr Walter Windsor , Kingston upon Hull Central

asked the Minister of Labour whether he is aware that in Hull the Unemployment Assistance Board weekly payments, including winter allowance, in respect of a labourer, his wife and five children, are fixed at £2 5s.; and why, under existing Regulations, this total has not been increased by at least 3s. 6d. a week?

Photo of Mr Ernest Brown Mr Ernest Brown , Leith

I am having inquiry made and will communicate with the hon. Member.