§ 1. Mr. Daggar
asked the Minister of Labour whether he is aware of the number of half-day's employment experienced by mine workers in parts of South Wales and Monmouthshire; and whether he is prepared to consider the need for allowing such periods of unemployment to be calculated in a manner so as to provide unemployment benefit to the workers so affected?
§ The Minister of Labour (Mr. Ernest Bevin)
I am informed by my hon. Friend the Secretary for Mines that the average number of days worked by collieries in South Wales does not indicate that there is at present an abnormal degree of short-time working. The remedy for the degree of difficulty which exists lies in further organisation of the arrangements in the industry. I cannot contemplate the alterations my hon. Friend suggests in the conditions of the Unemployment Insurance Scheme which cannot be confined to mine workers.
§ Mr. Daggar
Does my right hon. Friend appreciate that six half-days constitutes the waiting period, and as the Statutory 1052 Committee is about to issue its annual report, will he advise it to have regard to the point I have raised?
§ Mr. James Griffiths
Is my right hon. Friend aware that colliery companies are told the night before that their employés must work a full day and that they then discover that they can work only half-a-day? Will he look into that problem?