HC Deb 10 February 1926 vol 191 c1052W

asked the Minister of Labour whether insured persons who are refused covenanted benefit, when on short time or unemployed, owing to their being in possession of small cottage businesses, will be entitled to claim exemption from contributions under the Unemployment Insurance Act?


The conditions under which any person, whose employment is insurable, is entitled to obtain a certificate of exemption whereby he is relieved (but not his employer) from liability to pay his share of the contributions due, are set out in Section 3 (1) of the Unemployment Insurance Act, 1920. In the cases mentioned by the hon. Member, the right to exemption depends upon whether the persons concerned are ordinarily and mainly dependent on their cottage businesses and not upon insurable employment.