HC Deb 23 November 1914 vol 68 cc825-6W

also asked the President of the Board of Trade if he is aware that members of insured trades under Part II., National Insurance Act, 1911, complain that no receipt is given for the value of stamps on the contribution books when they are handed in at the half-year; and will he consider the advisability of issuing some simple form of receipt?


It is not practicable to issue such a receipt at the time when the unemployment books are handed in for exchange, but any workman who so desires can obtain a statement of the number of contributions paid and also of the benefit received during the year by making application on a form of which I am sending a copy to the hon. Member. This procedure would appear to meet the requirements of the case, and I am not aware that any considerable number of complaints on the subject have been made by insured workmen. I should mention that the unemployment books are exchanged once a year only and not at half-yearly intervals as suggested in the question.