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Insurance (Income Limit)

Volume 320: debated on Thursday 18 February 1937

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asked the Minister of Labour when the Bill will be at the disposal of the House for raising the standard of income for purposes of unemployment insurance?

The question of raising the limit to which the hon. Member refers is still under consideration, and I am not, therefore, in a position to state the intention of His Majesty's Government on the matter.

Is the right hon. Gentleman aware that a promise was given in the House as far back as 1934 to set up a Committee when the Bill was going through, that the matter has received consideration for a long time, and that he has now had a report for several months, and is he prepared to give an early answer to this question?

I cannot give an answer at the moment, but I note the understanding which the hon. Member has of the reforming zeal of His Majesty's Government.