HC Deb 11 July 1923 vol 166 cc1334-5

asked the Minister of Labour if, in view of the fact that there is no systematic register of aliens in this country, he will state what steps are taken by the Employment Exchanges to ascertain whether aliens are quffalified to receive unemployment benefit?


The only cases where the nationality of the applicant affects a claim to benefit are those where the applicant is a former enemy alien or an alien who has not been resident in this country since 1st January, 1911, and is applying for uncovenanted benefit. In such cases uncovenanted benefit is not payable. On the form of application for uncovenanted benefit the applicant has to state whether or not he is a British subject and in all cases of doubt inquiry is made. I have no reason to suppose that there is any great difficulty in ascertaining the necessary facts in particular cases.