§ Mr. MORGAN JONES
asked the Minister of Labour whether he is aware that the average cost of diet at Borstal institutions is 5s. 8d. per week, at industrial schools 5s. 9d. per week, and at reformatory schools 6s. 3d. per week; and whether it is proposed, in view of these circumstances, to increase the allowance of 2s. per week per dependent child allowed in unemployment pay?
§ Sir A. STEEL-MAITLAND
This allowance in respect of dependent children does not stand by itself but is a supplement to the basic rate of unemployment benefit and (in general) the allowance in respect of a wife or housekeeper. The rate of the allowance is in accordance with the recommendation of the Blanesburgh Committee, and is fixed by Statute.