HC Deb 29 October 1945 vol 415 c170W
Major Lloyd

asked the Minister of National Insurance what sums have been paid out by the Assistance Board to the wives and children of men on strike in the docks.

Mr. J. Griffiths

In accordance with the proviso to Section 36 (1) of the Unemployment Act, 1934, persons who are unemployed by reason of a stoppage of work due to a trade dispute in circumstances which would lead to their being disqualified for unemployment insurance benefit cannot themselves receive unemployment assistance from the Assistance Board, and in general their wives and children will be ineligible to receive unemployment assistance direct from the Board because they are not normally occupied in insurable employment (Section 36 (1) (b) of the Act); in the case of the children there is the additional reason that they do not satisfy the age qualification in Section 36 (1) (a) of the Act.