HC Deb 16 March 1922 vol 151 cc2406-7W

asked the Minister of Labour if he is aware that three aliens of Italian nationality named, respectively, Eugenio Zerbino, of 152, Alma Street, Abertillery, Vincent Thomas, Gilfach Cottages, Abertillery, and Albert Casta, 23, Givasted Terrace, Cwmtillery, have had their unemployment pay stopped on the ground that they are aliens; that these men have been employed at various collieries in South Wales from 11 years to 25 years, respectively; and that they paid their contributions to the unemployment insurance fund like other workmen up to the time they were unemployed through depression in trade; and will he therefore see that these contributors to the unemployment insurance fund are treated the same as other contributors who are unemployed through no fault of their own?


Under the authority contained in Section 3 of the second Unemployment Insurance Act of 1921, I have decided that benefit beyond 16 weeks should not be granted to aliens (other than British-born wives or widows of aliens) unless they have exhausted unemployment insurance contributions to their credit. I am having inquiry made into the three cases mentioned by my hon. Friend, and will communicate the result to him.