HC Deb 26 May 1936 vol 312 cc1977-8

10.45 p.m.


I beg to move, in page 4, line 40, at the end, to insert "and"

This Amendment and the next are preliminaries to an Amendment in my name to Clause 15. The sole purpose is to clear up the position with regard to the minimum age for entering into unemployment insurance. As the Bill was drafted, the position of the child in insurance, if the employment lapsed and he went back to school, was safeguarded by the words that I am moving to omit, but the position with regard to entering into insurance when he got the exemption was safeguarded by the wording of the Unemployment Act, 1935. The hon. Member for Central Leeds (Mr. Denman) pointed out in Committee that it was inconvenient to have to look at another Act and it would be much better if it was plainly stated in this one. I agreed to do that and the new Sub-section that I shall move to Clause 15 will state plainly that the child comes under unemployment insurance when he gets the exemption certificate and remains under it even though the exemption certificate lapses and he has to go back to school or to take a course of alternative instruction.


I am not very familiar with the exact nature of the discussion that took place on the Scottish Bill, but I gather that a concession was made dealing with the number of credits that might be available to a child who became subject to the Scottish counterpart of this Bill. I should be glad, if the right hon. Gentleman finds that there is a difference between the provisions in respect of English and Scottish children, if he will see that English children are placed on precisely the same basis as Scottish children when the Bill goes to another place.


The position is exactly the other way round. Under the Bill as drafted, English children already enjoy the concession which the Scottish children have only obtained during the Committee stage.

Amendment agreed to.

Further Amendment made: In page 6, leave out lines 8 to 14.—[Mr. Stanley]