§ 58. Mr. KELLY
asked the Secretary of State for Air whether groundsmen have been appointed at all the aerodromes of the Royal Air Force, and, in cases where they have been appointed, whether they do similar work to that they performed when employed as labourers and paying unemployment contributions; and, seeing that as groundsmen they have been informed that unemployment insurance contributions are not payable, what provision will be made for the men in the event of their becoming unemployed?
§ Sir S. HOARE
As regards the first part of the question, the appointment of groundsmen at all Royal Air Force aerodromes has been authorised, and the posts either have been or are being filled. The appointments are filled locally, subject to Air Ministry approval of the candidates' qualifications, and I have no information whether any of the men selected were employed as labourers on similar work prior to their appointment as groundsmen. It is not improbable that there have been such cases. As regards the second part, in view of the nature of the employment the men are not required to be insured under the Unemployment Insurance Acts, and are, therefore, in the same position as other employés who are outside the scope of the Act and for whom provision is not made in the event of their becoming unemployed.
§ Sir S. HOARE
I am told that it is a matter of Statute, under the Unemploy- 1128 ment Insurance Act. We have not any power to bring them under that Act.