HC Deb 25 February 1920 vol 125 cc1737-8W

asked the Minister of Labour whether trade unions or employers will alone be recognised as media for the formation of associations under Clause 15 of the Unemployment Insurance Bill, or whether the formation of such associations will be permitted to other organisations constituted of employed persons?


I presume the hon. and gallant Member refers to Clause 15 of last Session's Bill, which is now Clause 17 of the Unemployment Insurance Bill as re-introduced this Session. The terms of the Clause enable arrangements for the payment of State benefit to be made with any association of employed persons which satisfies the requisite conditions, the chief of which are that the association should provide out of its own funds unemployment benefit of not less than a specified amount, and that it should have an effective system for notifying to its unemployed members opportunities for employment. The latter of these two conditions is applied by Regulations to the corresponding arrangements made under the Unemployment Insurance Acts, 1911 to 1919, and would be similarly applied under the Bill.