HC Deb 04 June 1924 vol 174 cc1232-3
35. Mr. B. SMITH

asked the Minister of Labour whether he is aware that porters employed in hospitals do not come within the scope of the Unemployment. Insurance Act; and whether he will consider bringing them under the Act at an early date?


It has been held by the High Court that employment as a hospital porter is employment in domestic service, and that, accordingly, hospital porters do not come within the scope of the Unemployment Insurance Acts. I do not see my way to bring domestic service within the scope of the Acts.


Is the right hon. Gentleman aware that these men are a fluctuating body, and when they leave the hospitals they are denied the fruits of the Act?


I can only repeat that the High Court has determined the matter, and I cannot interfere with its decision.

Lieut.-Colonel Sir J. NALL

If these men are excluded from the Act, is it not a fact that they do not pay any contribution?



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