HC Deb 07 December 1971 vol 827 c275W
Dr. John A. Cunningham

asked the Secretary of State for Social Services what provisions his Department makes to help the dependants of men who are involved in an industrial dispute which the Department of Employment has declared as no longer constituting a stoppage of work.

Mr. Dean

Where the independent statutory authorities have decided that an industrial dispute is over, persons involved in the dispute and therefore disqualified for receiving unemployment benefit and supplementary benefit for themselves become eligible to claim benefit subject to the usual conditions about availability and registration for work. A person who failed to satisfy these conditions would not be entitled to unemployment or supplementary benefit but he could be helped where necessary under the Supplementary Benefits Commission's discretionary powers to prevent hardship in urgent cases.