§ Mr. Willey
asked the Minister of National Insurance whether he will amend the conditions governing the grant of unemployment benefit to ensure that, provided reasonable proof is produced, a local government councillor away on public business for which he would have received financial loss allowance if he had been employed should receive his appropriate unemployment benefit.
§ Mr. Turton
No. It is a fundamental condition for payment of unemployment benefit that a man must be available for employment on any day for which it is claimed. I can see no justification for making a special rule for members of local authorities.