HC Deb 06 December 1920 vol 135 c1770W

asked the Minister of Labour whether he is aware that banks guarantee permanent employment to their employés regardless of trade depression or otherwise; and whether, in these circumstances, steps can be taken to exclude these employés from the necessity of making contributions under the Unemployment Insurance Act, from which they can receive no benefit?


I have no power to exclude bank employés from the Unemployment Insurance Act unless they are entitled to rights in a superannuation fund established by or in pursuance of an Act of Parliament, and unless, in addition, the employed person is not subject to dismissal except for misconduct, neglect or unfitness, and generally if conditions of employment make it unnecessary that he should be insured. In any case bank clerks earning over £250 a year do not come within the Act.