Wednesday, 10 December 1941
Dáil Éireann Debate
Mr. Keyes: asked the Minister for Industry and Commerce whether he is prepared to consider the provision of food vouchers for single men in receipt of unemployment assistance; and, if so, when the necessary steps will be taken for that purpose.
Mr. Hickey: asked the Minister for Industry and Commerce whether it is his intention to extend to unemployed men in rural areas the scheme of food vouchers now applied to unemployed men in incorporated towns; and, if so, whether that decision will be implemented before the end of the present year.
Mr. Hickey: asked the Minister for Industry and Commerce whether it is his intention to extend to widows residing in rural areas, who are in receipt of widows' pensions, the scheme of food vouchers now applied to widows residing in incorporated towns; and, if so, whether he will take  steps to bring the extended scheme into operation by the end of this year.
Mr. Keyes: Having regard to the considerable numbers of unemployed who have been excluded, by the conscriptive use of the Construction Corps, from the receipt of benefit, does the Minister not consider that single men who are still allowed to draw it and who have dependents are entitled to some consideration in the matter of food vouchers?
Mr. Hickey: asked the Minister for Industry and Commerce whether he is prepared to consider favourably extending the scope of the food voucher scheme so as to make available to families, which include more than five children, additional quantities of bread, milk, etc., in respect of each child in excess of five.
Mr. Norton: Does the Minister not agree that justice demands that there should be a greater food allowance where the family is larger, that there should be additional quantities allowed where there is a family of nine children as compared with a family of five?
Mr. Lemass: Apart from other considerations, there would be considerable practical difficulties in extending the number of food vouchers to families in receipt of unemployment assistance, having regard to the provisions of the Unemployment Assistance Acts. There has been no calculation of the number of dependants of claimants beyond the maximum provided for in those Acts.
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