HC Deb 07 June 1917 vol 94 c367W

asked the Minister of Labour whether an employer who is not engaged on any munition work has authority to withhold his insurance card from a workman who has left his employment; whether the employer has a right to hand the card to the local labour bureau; and whether the local labour bureau has authority to retain this card until the man has brought his late employer before the tribunal to demonstrate the fact that he was not doing munition work?


I assume that the reference is to unemployment books. On this assumption, the answer to the first part of the question is in the negative. If an unemployment book is lodged at an Employment Exchange by an employer on the ground that the workman was engaged on or in connection with munitions work to which Section 7 of the Munitions of War Act, 1915, applies, and left his employment without a leaving certificate, the exchange issues to the workman a temporary unemployment book pending the decision of the question by the appropriate tribunal.