HC Deb 15 February 1934 vol 285 cc2065-6

asked the Minister of Labour whether he is aware that Mrs. Bertha Booth, of Clitheroe, has been refused any unemployment insurance benefit whatever by the Umpire after appeal from her trade union; that she secured full employment 10 years after marriage and was employed for 17 years afterwards up to 6th November, 1933; that she has been promised further employment as soon as a vacancy may arise; and whether he will consider cases that fall into this category with a view to some modification of the regulations?

The MINISTER of LABOUR (Sir Henry Betterton)

The facts as stated in the latter part of the hon. Member's question are not entirely in agreement with those which appear to have been before the Umpire when he gave his decision, a copy of which I am sending to the hon. Member. I understand, however, that the association of which the claimant is a member is proposing to reopen the case on further facts which they desire to bring to the notice of the Umpire. As the hon. Member is aware, decisions on claims to benefit are in the hands of the statutory authorities, over whom I have no control.