HC Deb 25 March 1919 vol 114 cc242-3W

asked the Minister of Labour if a skilled thatcher, who can earn good wages at his trade, in summer and autumn, but by reason of physical disability is unable to do ordinary farm work, and is having great difficulty in getting odd jobs of easy work until thatching work begins, is eligible for unemployment benefit?


The facts stated in the question are not inconsistent with eligibility to out-of-work donation, but I cannot give a definite opinion without the full facts of the particular case which the hon. Member has in mind. I should add that in cases of doubt the final decision whether the conditions of eligibility are fulfilled rests with the Umpire—an independent judicial officer appointed by the Crown.