HC Deb 02 April 1919 vol 114 cc1234-5W

asked the Minister of Labour whether his attention has been drawn to the case of Ellen Hoggarth, of Preston; whether he is aware that the woman was in receipt of the out-of-work donation; that she sought and obtained a position in a card room to learn as a drawing tenter without pay, on the understanding that as soon as she was proficient and the firm opened another mill, which they proposed to do very shortly, she would be given employment; that although the firm certified as to these facts to the manager of the Employment Exchange, the woman's donation was suspended; whether this is a correct interpretation of the Regulations; and, if so, whether, with a view to inducing persons in receipt of donation to seek openings whereby they may ultimately secure remunerative employment, he will consider the advisability of altering the Regulations in this particular?


The facts are as stated in the question. The suspension of donation was in accordance with a decision given by the umpire in a parallel case. This decision is binding on the Department, and I could not support a modification of the conditions of the out-of-work donation scheme so as to provide for payment of donation in cases of the kind in question.