HC Deb 09 July 1923 vol 166 c943W

asked the Minister of Labour whether any persons living in the administrative county of Glamorgan have been reported to his Department either by the Ministry's local officials or by the local police on the ground that they have used their unemployment grant for the purpose of betting; whether such reports, if any, were investigated and what was the action taken thereon; and whether he can state the number of such reports received in the years 1920, 1921, 1922, and 1923, up to 30th June, respectively?


I am not aware that any such reports have been received, nor do I see what action my right hon. Friend could take on receipt of such a report, unless it were alleged that the conditions for benefit were not satisfied. I assume that the hon. Member does not refer to betting offences. Arrangements are in operation for these, and other offences committed by persons known to be drawing benefit, to be reported to the Employment Exchange, and the right to benefit is then examined afresh through the usual machinery. The number of cases so reported, however, is quite small.