At the beginning of April last, there were 86 women cleaners, excluding domestics, employed in such establishments, of whom 58 were part-time employés. None of these are eligible for sick-leave with pay; they are, however, insurable under the National Health Insurance Acts.
§ Sir R. GOWER
asked the First Lord of the Admiralty whether he is aware that established men in His Majesty's naval dockyards are not qualified to receive unemployment benefit on leaving Admiralty service, although their pensions may not be sufficient for their support and that of their families; and whether he will cause inquiries to be made into the matter with a view to such men being admitted to unemployment benefit?
Sir B. EYRES MONSELL
The Unemployment Insurance Acts do not require established civil servants to be insured, and there appears to be no adequate reason for making an exception in favour of this particular category. The hon. Member will recognise that a pension for life is more valuable than a temporary 1495W benefit, even though the weekly amount of the latter may in some cases be somewhat larger.