HC Deb 21 February 1966 vol 725 cc1-2
2. Mr. Ioan L. Evans

asked the Minister of Labour what action is proposed to deal with the situation where different employment exchanges in the same area pay different benefit rates to employees effected by the same industry dispute.

The Parliamentary Secretary to the Ministry of Labour (Mr. Ernest Thornton)

We have no evidence that this situation exists. If my hon. Friend will give me details of particular cases I will gladly look into them.

Mr. Evans

Would my hon. Friend look into the case of the Austin workers laid off last month who were held to be ineligible for unemployment benefit at Selly Oak Employment Exchange, while other exchanges ruled that they were entitled to benefit? Is there not a need for simplification of the procedure for making claims?

Mr. Thornton

I know that the procedure is necessarily rather complicated. If my hon. Friend could give me the names of persons who have received different scales of benefit, I will gladly look into the matter.

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