asked the Minister of Labour if he is aware that T. Liddle, Percy Place, Gateshead, who has a wife and six children, and Joseph W. Bland, 22, Westley Terrace, Gateshead, who has a widowed sick mother unable to look after herself, have been refused benefit under the new Order for refusal to accept work at Doncaster, and that the latter man has been driven to selling his home up; and whether he can see his way to intervene in these two cases?
§ Sir A. STEEL-MAITLAND
The question whether the two men to whom the hon. Member refers are entitled to unemployment benefit in the circumstances described is a matter for decision by the Insurance Officer, the Court of Referees and the Umpire. I am informed that Mr. Bland has appealed to the Court of Referees against the disallowance of his claim by the Insurance Officer, and it is open to Mr. Liddle also to appeal within the prescribed period of 21 days.