HC Deb 14 October 1952 vol 505 c14W
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.