HC Deb 27 July 1933 vol 280 cc2802-3W

asked the Minister of Labour why the proportion of sugar-beet workers in Shropshire who have been disallowed transitional benefit is much larger than in the case of sugar-beet workers in other parts of the country?


The decision in each case is entirely within the province of the statutory authorities, and depends on the individual circumstances. I understand that those authorities, upon a review of claims by sugar-beet workers, found in some cases that the claimants were not in fact seasonal workers within the meaning of the Regulation, in other cases that the claimants had been employed during the off-season to a substantial extent and so were not affected by the Regulation, and in yet other cases (including a number in Shropshire) that the claimants were seasonal workers who were disqualified under the terms of the Regulation for benefit or transitional payments during the off-season.