HC Deb 20 March 1964 vol 691 cc231-2W
Mr. Malcolm MacMillan

asked the Minister of Pensions and National Insurance to what extent the services of his Department will be available to advise and assist the Harris Tweed industry in devising a method of arranging the employment of weavers, at present classed as self-employed, which would enable them to be classed as employed persons and qualify for unemployment insurance.

Mrs. Thatcher

Under their existing conditions of employment, weavers in the Harris Tweed industry are properly classified as self-employed persons. Reorganisation of this industry is not a matter for my right hon. Friend, but the Ministry's officers are always ready to advise on the effects of a change in employment conditions on National Insurance classification and entitlement to benefits.

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