HC Deb 11 June 1942 vol 380 c1252W
Mr. Garro Jones

asked the Minister of Labour whether he is aware that a court of referees has decided that a man who left his employment to join the Army as a tradesman is in the position of having left his employment without just cause; that if the man was rejected by the Army and refused reinstatement in his civil occupation, as in the case of E. W. Sim, of Aberdeen, he is, as a result of the referees' decision, disqualified for unemployment benefit for six weeks; whether he will state which court of referees came to this decision; and whether he can take any steps to prevent the imposition of such a penalty upon men who leave their employment with a patriotic motive?

Mr. McCorquodale

The Unemployment Insurance Acts give me no power to alter this decision, which was given by the court of referees at Aberdeen. The question of re-instatement is a matter for my right hon. Friend the Postmaster-General as the post from which the man resigned was in the engineering department of the Post Office.