HC Deb 22 April 1975 vol 890 cc255-6W
6. Mr. Dempsey

asked the Secretary of State for Employment if he is aware that during the recent strike of bus crews, cleaners, and inspectors whom the insurance officer decided were in no way directly or indirectly involved in the dispute were disqualified from receiving unemployment benefit; and if he will take steps to prevent this situation from arising in future.

Mr. John Fraser

To escape disqualification a person must prove that neither he nor any member of his grade or class is participating, financing or directly interested in the dispute. These are matters for the independent adjudicating authorities who decide all claims to benefit and neither I nor any other Minister may intervene in the decisions of these authorities.