asked the Minister of Labour what is the liability in the present financial year of the Treasury for the payment of benefit under the transitional benefit arrangements, and what is the present weekly increase in liability?
It is estimated that the cost of transitional benefit, including administration, during the financial year 1930–1931 will be £22,000,000. The weekly increase in liability is at present about £4,000.
Can the Minister say on what figure of unemployment that is based?
I require notice of that question. Broadly speaking, it is between 400,000 and 450,000.