§ 38. Mr. EDE
asked the Minister of Labour the number of claims at the South Shields Employment Exchange to unemployment benefit rejected from the coming into force of the present Act to the latest available date on the ground that the applicant was not normally in insurable occupation; and the number of claims rejected at the same Exchange in the corresponding period of last year on 1934 the ground that the applicant was not genuinely seeking work?
§ Mr. LAWSON
During the period of 13th March to 9th June, 1930, out of 12,128 claims made at the South Shields and East Bolden Employment Exchanges, 173 were disallowed by the court of referees for that area on the ground "not normally insurable." During the period 12th March, 1929, to 10th June, 1929, out of 9,857 claims made, 142 were disallowed by insurance officers on the ground "not genuinely seeking work," and six cases were recommended for disallowance on the same ground by courts of referees on review after payment of 78 days' benefit.
§ Mr. LAWSON
No, I should require notice of that question, but I may draw the attention of my hon. Friend to the fact that, while the bulk of the claims are larger by 3,000, there is very little difference between the "non-insurable" and the "not genuinely seeking work" cases.
§ Mr. ERNEST BROWN
Will the hon. Member ask the Minister of Labour whether it would be possible to take certain sample registers, and endeavour to see whether the names are the same, as the matter is very important?
§ Mr. BUCHANAN
In the case of the figures dealing with those "not genuinely seeking work" 12 months ago, did those figures include the number disqualified in that period for not having a reasonable period in the two years? If not, does not that make the hon. Member's figures even worse?
§ Mr. LAWSON
No, Sir. As I have pointed out in my answer to the question, the comparison is between the "non-insurable" cases and those "not genuinely seeking work."
§ 42. Mr. EDE
asked the Minister of Labour the number of persons registered as unemployed in the various principal trades, respectively, at the South Shields Employment Exchange on the last date 1935 for which such figures are available, and on the corresponding dates in 1929 and 1928, respectively?
§ Following is the statement:
|Insured Persons recorded as Unemployed at the South Shields Employment Exchange.|
|Industry.||23rd June, 1930.||24th June, 1929.||25th June, 1928.|
|Shipbuilding and Ship-repairing||…||2,087||1,851||1,524|
|Dock, Harbour, etc., Service||…||…||876||891||1,086|
|Hotel, Club, etc., Service||…||…||80||52||55|