HC Deb 27 March 1919 vol 114 cc572-3
40. Sir J. BUTCHER

asked the Minister of Labour the number of men, women, and young persons, respectively, in receipt of out-of-work donations in Ireland for the week ending 6th March, and for each of the subsequent weeks, and the classes of persons now eligible for such donations, specifying, so far as possible, the nature of their employment?


The number of persons drawing out-of-work donation in Ireland were as follows:—

  • Week ending 7th March, 63,039 men, 25,445 women, 3,553 juveniles. Total, 92,037.
  • Week ending 14th March, 41,003 men, 15,187 women, 1,792 juveniles. Total, 57,982.
Figures for the week ending 21st March have not yet been collated.

The scope of the Out-of-Work Donation Scheme for Civilians has been modified as regards Ireland, the new arrangements having come into force on 6th March. From that date the classes of persons eligible for the receipt of the out-of-work donation in Ireland are:—

  1. (1) Ex-members of His Majesty's Forces, irrespective of their pre-war trades.
  2. (2) Workpeople in the trades insured against unemployment under the National Insurance Act, 1911 to 1918.
  3. (3) Workpeople in trades certified by the Lord Lieutenant as trades in which there is a substantial amount of unemployment caused by the cessation of hostilities. So far the only trade so certified is the linen and cotton trade.
As regards the nature of the pre-war employment of ex-members of His Majesty's Forces in receipt of out-of-work donation, it is not practicable to give this information within the limits of a reply to a question in the House, but if the hon. and learned Member desires further particulars on the point I shall be happy to supply them.

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