§ 9. Mr. BUCHANAN
asked the Minister of Labour what instructions are being issued to the various officials of her Department as to the new procedure to be followed under the new Unemployment Insurance Act; what steps are being taken to let applicants for benefit know their rights and when to make a claim under the new Act; and on what date any new procedure will begin to operate?
§ Miss BONDFIELD
Instructions detailing the changes made by the new Act and 1551 the procedure to be adopted to bring them into operation are now being issued to the local officers of the Department. All applicants who are signing the register and whose claims were disallowed under the old provisions will be personally informed of the changes made by the new Act, and will be given an opportunity to make a new claim. Posters will also be exhibited calling attention to the revised conditions. The Act will come generally into force on 13th March. I had hoped to bring certain of the provisions into operation by 1st February or shortly afterwards, in accordance with the discretionary power given by Section 19. I regret, however, that this is not possible owing to the delay in passing the Act, which did not become law until 6th February.
§ Mr. BUCHANAN
While thanking the right hon. Lady for her answer, may I ask her if, in addition, she will see that all necessary new Regulations are posted prominently in the Exchanges?
§ Mr. HARRIS
Will the right hon. Lady send copies of the instructions to Members of the House, so that they can become familiar with them?
§ Mr. DOUGLAS HACKING
If hon. Members would find it difficult to understand them, how can other people be expected to understand them?