§ Mr. BAKER
asked the Minister of Labour whether he is aware that some of the rota committees in Bristol are resorting to the practice of adjourning cases for a fortnight or a month, leaving the men concerned without pay; and whether he will exert his influence to secure a more sympathetic administration of the Unemployment Insurance Act in that area?
§ Miss BONDFIELD
I understand that cases are sometimes adjourned in order to give the claimant an opportunity to submit further evidence in support of the claim, where the committee are not satisfied that the claim should be allowed. As the alternative to adjournment would be the rejection of the claim outright the adoption of this procedure is in the interests of the claimant. I may add that recent inquiries in the Bristol area have not disclosed any evidence that the treatment of claimants to benefit is unsympathetic.