HC Deb 05 May 1913 vol 52 cc1653-4

asked whether persons engaged in making wood mantels in the provinces, which are classified by the railway companies as furniture and not as joinery, are compelled to be insured under Part II. of the National Insurance Act, seeing that these wood mantels are made by cabinetmakers in cabinet shops and are not of the kind commonly made in builders' workshops or yards?


The decision of the question referred to by the hon. Member rests, not with me, but with the Umpire, who has decided that contributions are payable in respect of workmen engaged in the work of making chimney-pieces in wood. I do not see that the classification adopted by the railway companies for purposes of their charges has any bearing on the question.


Will the hon. Gentleman consider the question of making regulations as to classifying these men?


The whole problem of regulations to prevent "in-and-out" cases will be considered very carefully, but at present it is too soon to go on with it.