§ Mr. LAWSON
asked the Minister of Labour if he can give an estimate of the number of unemployed persons who will be placed in the transition category when the 26 weeks' rule begins to operate in the case of those then on standard benefit?
§ Mr. WELLOCK
asked the Minister of Labour what is the estimated number of unemployed workers which the new condition for obtaining standard benefit will deprive of such benefit?1285W
§ Sir H. BETTERTON
pursuant to his reply[OFFICIAL REPORT, 17th September, 1931, col. 999, Vol. 256], supplied the following statement:
Figures obtained in respect of 14th September, 1931, show that on that date about 377,000 persons (of whom about 80,000 were women) in receipt of benefit other than transitional benefit had received 156 days benefit or more in their current benefit year. This is approximately the number that will be transferred from insurance benefit to transitional payments at the date when the 26 weeks' rule comes into operation