asked the Minister of Labour whether ex-service men who entered employment immediately on demobilisation and did not draw any out-of-work donation are entitled to draw such donation if they are thrown out of work during the first 12 months following their demobilisation: and, if so, for how many weeks are they so entitled?
§ Dr. MACNAMARA
The answer to the first part of the question is in the affirmative, provided the men were not discharged after 31st July last, or, if discharged after that date, were serving on "duration of the War" engagements immediately before discharge. In all such cases the maximum number of weeks of donation which may be drawn on the original policies within 12 months of discharge is 39 in the case of non-disabled men, and 46 in the case of disabled men. Men discharged after 31st July who were not serving on duration of War engagements were entitled to donation up to 20th November. From that date they are entitled to Unemployment Benefit under Section 41 of the Unemployment Insurance Act, 1920.