§ 43. Captain CLIVE
asked whether a man employed in painting buildings for six months in the summer will be considered as engaged in the construction or repair of buildings and therefore require to be insured under Part II. of the National Insurance Act; and, if he fails to get other employment in the winter, will he be entitled to unemployment pay during that six months?
In the case mentioned by the hon. Member the workman would be liable to contributions during the six months of employment in painting buildings and would be entitled to benefit 684 thereafter when unemployed for the periods allowed by the Act. As the hon. Member is doubtless aware, a workman's claim to unemployment benefit is limited by the number of his contributions in the proportion of one week's benefit for five week's contributions.
§ Mr. C. BATHURST
If such a person ceased to paint buildings or greenhouses, as is not uncommon, and took to painting gates or railings, would he continue to be an insured person?
MARQUESS of TULLIBARDINE
If one of these rural workers, after having contributed to unemployed pay for some time, ceases to be a carpenter and becomes an ordinary estate servant, will he be allowed to get unemployment pay for the contributions he paid when he was a carpenter?
He will get unemployment pay solely under the conditions and limitations prescribed in the Act.