HC Deb 23 July 1929 vol 230 cc1106-7W

asked the Minister of Labour whether in view of the hardship caused by the attempted transference of married men from Dudley to Luton to take up work, she will see that in future only single men be called upon for such transfer schemes as this does not entail accommodation for the man's family, in order to prevent married men from being deprived of unemployment benefit owing to their refusal to undertake such work, the pay for which is insufficient to keep two homes going?


I presume my hon. Friend refers to certain vacancies in Luton received at the Cradley Heath Employment Exchange on 3rd July, for which the employer, a Willenhall contractor, was desirous of obtaining men from the Cradley area, there being no available and suitable men in Luton. The work was offered to men who seemed industrially best qualified. The number who accepted was 12, of whom half are married. They are understood still to be in the employment of the contractor. There were also 12 men who refused the work of whom eight are married, and in their case the Insurance Officer imposed a disallowance of benefit. They have a right of appeal to the Court of Referees, and so far three of them have exercised it. Their appeals will shortly be heard.