HC Deb 28 October 1919 vol 120 c504W

asked the Minister of Labour whether he has received a resolution from the Nottingham Brick Manufacturers' Association which views with alarm the payment of out-of-work donations to persons unemployed as a consequence of a strike in a key industry and stating that such payments are contrary to public interest, and expressing the hope that His Majesty's Government will discontinue unemployment payments entirely; and if he will state whether he is prepared to favourably consider these proposals?


I have received a copy of the resolution referred to. The payments of out-of-work donation to persons thrown out of work owing to trade disputes are made in accordance with the rule laid down in Section 87 (1) of the National Insurance Act, 1911, which regulates payment of unemployment benefit to persons unemployed owing to this cause. The continuance of unemployment benefit under the Unemployment Insurance Acts is governed by Statute, arid as regards out-of-work donation I would refer my hon. Friend to the answer given to the hon. Member for Keighley on 22nd October.