HC Deb 13 May 1925 vol 183 c1839

asked the Minister of Labour if his attention has been called to complaint that jobs are offered to men out of work in the hope that they may be refused and that consequently unemployment payment may be stopped; and whether he will investigate it


I am aware that this suggestion has been made, but I have seen no evidence in support of it, nor do I think it has any foundation in fact. It is the duty of the Exchanges to bring vacancies to the notice of persons on the register in the hope that employment may thus be found for them. If apparently, suitable employment is refused it is of course their duty then to report the matter to the insurance officer, but the decision as to disallowance of benefit is taken by the insurance officer and not by the Exchange, and, as the hon. Member is aware, there are rights of appeal to the Court of Referees and the. Umpire