HC Deb 13 March 1913 vol 50 c400

asked whether the manager of a Labour Exchange is acting within the Insurance Act, or the Regulations issued under the Act, in demanding the age of an insured workman who is a member of a society that has made an arrangement with the Board of Trade under Clause 105 of the Act; and whether, if the man refuses to give his age, the manager of the Labour Exchange can prevent the man obtaining the unemployment benefit provided by the Act?

The PRESIDENT of the BOARD of TRADE (Mr. Buxton)

A workman claiming unemployment benefit, whether directly or through an association, is required, in accordance with No. 10 (1) (a) of the statutory Regulations, to state certain particulars, including his age, upon his form of claim; and he is not entitled to benefit unless this form has been properly completed. I may, however, explain that information as to age is required for identification purposes and is treated as strictly confidential.