§ Major BIRCHALL
asked the Minister of Labour whether he is aware of the serious delay of eight months which has taken place in refunding contributions paid in error by certain school caretakers in Leeds under the Unemployed insurance Act; and whether he can give an assurance that all such cases will now be promptly dealt with?
§ Dr. MACNAMARA
The High Court decision of last January that certain classes of caretakers and cleaners are not insurable under the Unemployment Insurance Acts has naturally led to a very large number of claims for refund of contributions. Special steps were taken to deal with these claims as expeditiously as possible, and, in general, I do not think there has been any undue delay. I cannot identify the cases referred to in the question, but if my hon. and gallant Friend will send me particulars I will look into them.