HC Deb 30 October 1930 vol 244 cc215-6W

asked the Under-Secretary of State for Air whether any discharges have been made at the Cardington Aerodrome as a, result of the loss of the R 101, and, if so, how many; whether the men discharged are receiving unemployment benefit; and, if not, what alternative arrangement has been made?


As regards the first part of the question, the loss of the Airship R 101 has made it necessary to issue notices of discharge to 139 men and 94 women employed at the Royal Airship Works, Cardington; in addition, arrangements have been made to transfer another seven employés to other stations. As regards the remainder of the question, the discharges have not yet taken effect and the employés concerned are not, therefore, yet in receipt of unemployment benefit. They have, however, been insured against unemployment, and will on discharge receive such benefit as they may be entitled to under the Unemployment Insurance Act.