HC Deb 06 April 1939 vol 345 c3029W
Sir J. Smedley Crooke

asked the Minister of Labour whether he will consider the further modification of conditions as to payment of contributions under Section 22 of the Unemployment Insurance Act, 1935, by limbless and other seriously disabled ex-service men who are so severely handicapped in obtaining employment, to ensure that all such men who are unable to follow their normal occupation, shall, whilst unemployed and registering at Employment Exchanges, be entitled to benefit under the Act?

Mr. E. Brown

This matter was very carefully considered by the Royal Commission on Unemployment Insurance in the light of representations from the British Legion. While the Commission recommended that the existing provisions, which were introduced by the Act of 1927, should be continued, they were not in favour of any further relaxation. I have myself considered the matter on a number of occasions and I see no ground for differing from the Royal Commission's recommendation.

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