HC Deb 09 May 1928 vol 217 cc214-5
27. Sir W. de FRECE

asked the Minister of Labour what special steps he has taken, or proposes to take, to enable seasonal workers to appreciate their new position under the Unemployment Insurance Act, 1927?


A leaflet, U.I.L. 13, explaining the new provision under which certain seasonal workers will be able to obtain exemption from Unemployment Insurance is available at local offices of the Ministry of Labour.

Sir W. de FRECE

Is it not possible for the hon. Gentleman to give instructions to his officers to see that the seasonal workers on the register have the system explained personally to them, as there are many complaints that they do not know of it?


I am not sure that that particular proposal would be practicable, but I am considering proposals with the object of giving greater publicity to these Regulations, which is what we all desire to secure. I may add that we are also endeavouring to ensure that the fullest publicity shall be given to them in the local Press in areas which are particularly affected.


Will the hon. Member also consider the question of whether at holiday resorts and other places posters can be put up in the Post Offices drawing the attention of those who are likely to be unemployed to the benefits to which they are entitled under the new legislation? I am sure it is the desire of the hon. Member to let them know what the position is.


I am discussing that very question with the Postmaster-General, in order to see whether further publicity cannot be secured through the agency of the Post Office.


Will the hon. Gentleman also consider the possibility of putting up posters drawing the attention of the other workers to the reductions which are to be made?