HC Deb 27 July 1931 vol 255 cc1959-60W

asked the Secretary of State for War if he is aware that Mr. W. Fraser, now residing at Commercial Road, Glasgow, had served with the Royal Scots for eight years until about March last and had good conduct all the time, that on leaving the Service he has been refused unemployment benefit owing to a slight disagreement at the time of his discharge; and if, in view of the man's previous good character, he will take steps to alter the man's discharge so as now to allow him to receive benefit?


I have been in correspondence with my hon. Friend regarding this case. Private Fraser elected not to complete a vocational training course for which he had applied and was transferred to the Army Reserve at his own request. As Section 41 of the Unemployment Insurance Act, 1920, precludes the payment by the Army Council to the Unemployment Fund of any sum in respect of a soldier so transferred to the Reserve, he is not qualified to receive unemployment insurance benefit on return to civil life from the Colours. I regret that I am unable to alter the terms of Private Fraser's transfer to the Reserve.