HC Deb 16 July 1923 vol 166 cc1880-1W

asked the Minister of Labour whether he is aware that ships' clerks residing in Leyton are obliged to have their unemployment cards stamped in the mornings at the docks and again in the afternoons at the Employment Exchange; and whether other arrangements can be made so as to prevent interference with such men's chances of getting employment and useless expenditure upon railway fares?


The ships' clerks referred to are part of the registered dock workers in London, all of whom are required to sign twice daily when claiming unemployment benefit. The second signature may be made either at the docks or at the Employment Exchange at the applicant's option. As dock work can only be obtained at the docks I do not think these requirements are unreasonable, but I am consulting the Port of London Registration Committee as to whether there is ground for allowing a special relaxation in the case of ships' clerks.