§ Mr. D. Graham
asked the Minister of Labour whether he can give any explanation as to the reasons why the average payment of unemployment assistance allowances during 12 selected weeks in 1938 was on the average about 2s. 6d. per week lower in Scotland than in Wales and about is. per week lower in Scotland than in England?
§ Mr. E. Brown
The amount of the Board's allowances depends on a variety of factors, including the status of the applicant, the size and composition of the household, the amount of rent and the extent of the household resources, all of which may vary from place to place. It is not, therefore, possible to specify any particular reason for a higher average payment in one part of the country as compared with another. I should mention that the difference between the English and Scottish average is 8d. and not 1s.