HC Deb 21 May 1928 vol 217 cc1505-6
35. Mr. KELLY

asked the Minister of Labour why instructions have been given that the court of referees at Glasgow must not, in future, hear and decide on any cases coming from the island of Harris in the matter of unemployment insurance benefit?


I understand cases from Harris, under normal arrangements, would be heard at Inverness. An informal arrangement was made some time ago for certain of these cases to be heard at Glasgow. I am having further inquiries made in order to decide at which centre the cases should be dealt with.


Am I to understand that any cases which are now pending will be heard at Glasgow and that the people will not, be forced to go to Inverness, which means a five hours' sail from their homes?


The whole question as to whether these cases will be heard at Inverness or Glasgow is now under consideration. I agree with the hon. Member that it is undesirable that people should have to travel a long distance, and I shall be quite willing to consider any representations made by the hon. Member as to which place is most desirable.