HC Deb 15 April 1937 vol 322 cc1153-4
16. Mr. Day

asked the Minister of Labour what steps Employment Exchanges take to inquire into the domestic circumstances of women to whom they offer seasonal employment at the seaside; and whether any special consideration is taken of cases of single women who have a mother entirely dependent upon them for household duties?

Mr. E. Brown

Circumstances of this kind are stated by the applicants themselves, without the necessity for special inquiry by the exchange. They are sympathetically considered, and, if a question of disallowance of benefit arises, the applicant, as the hon. Member knows, has the right of appeal to a court of referees.

Mr. Day

Have these circumstances been taken into consideration with a view to comparing the position of these applicants with that of married women with dependants?

Mr. Brown

The hon. Gentleman will understand that we cannot draw any general line here. Each case, of course, has its own merits or demerits.