HC Deb 07 March 1923 vol 161 cc528-9W

asked the Minister of Labour whether he can state the average number of men completely unemployed during each of the last six months in Sheffield, Leeds, Bradford, Hull, and Middlesbrough?


The number of men registered at the Employment Exchanges as unemployed in each of the last six months in the areas mentioned is given it. the following table:

the case of a school teacher who began his college. training in September, 1914, and if it had not been for his War service would have commenced his recognised teaching service in August, 1915, joined the Army in December, 1914, and was demobilised in March, 1919, if this teacher's service is only recognised for pension purposes from 1st April, 1919, with consequent loss of three years and eight months' service in this connection; and, if so, whether he will take the necessary steps to put an end to this injustice?

Mr. E. WOOD:

I am familiar with the class of case to which the hon. Member refers. There is power under Section 15 (1) (f) of the School Teachers (Superannuation) Act, 1918, and Rule 19 (1) of the Rules made under that Act to treat service by a teacher in the Forces of the Crown during the late War as recognised service if the teacher was a certificated teacher at the date of his War service or was employed in recognised service immediately before the commencement of his War service. The extension of this benefit to persons who before their War service were students in training would require legislation.

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