HC Deb 08 August 1919 vol 119 c743W

asked the Minister of Labour if he is aware that men who are locked out in the coal industry through the miners' strike, and who have had compulsory deductions from their wages for unemployed benefits, are being refused such benefits; and whether he will issue instructions to the Labour Exchange officials that these men should be paid benefits for which they have contributed?


Under the provision of the National Insurance (Unemployment) Acts, workmen who are out of work owing to a dispute at the establishment at which they are employed are not entitled to benefit, and I have no power to issue instructions such as my hon. Friend suggests. In this connection I may refer him to the reply given on the 24th July to his previous question on this subject.