§ Mr. David Stoddart
asked the Secretary of State for Social Services if she will review the operation of the 12-day rule whereby a claimant for unemployment benefit is disqualified from receiving such benefit if his former employer is involved in a trade dispute within 12 days of the termination of the claimant's employment; and if she will make a statement.
§ Mr. Alec Jones
This "rule", which is in fact embodied in case law rather than in the legislation, has been of little significance in recent years because of other84W changes. I know of no reason for initiating what would necessarily be very complicated legislation to replace it but if my hon. Friend has any particular difficulty in mind, I should be glad if he would let me have the details.