HC Deb 15 July 1968 vol 768 cc157-8W
Mr. Driberg

asked the Minister of Social Security why no provision is made by her Department for the support of single men and women who are out of work as a result of an industrial dispute in which they are not directly involved.

Mrs. Hart

The Ministry of Social Security Act provides that supplementary benefit shall not normally be paid for the personal requirements of anybody involved in a trade dispute within the meaning of Section 10 of the Act, which is in the same terms as the trade dispute disqualification for unemployment benefit.

The question of involvement in a dispute is a difficult one and has been examined by the Royal Commission on Trade Unions and Employers' Associations, whose recommendations are under consideration. The Supplementary Benefits Commission have, however, a discretionary power to make a grant for the claimant's own needs in an urgent case. I am writing to my hon. Friend about the particular cases he has in mind.