§ Mr. Sproat
asked the Secretary of State for Social Services under what circumstances a visitor to the United Kingdom without a work permit can draw unemployment benefit.
§ Mr. Deakins
In order to receive unemployment benefit in this country, a person must not only satisfy the contribution conditions but must also show that he is available for employment.488W Whether a person without a work permit is available within the terms of Section 17(1) of the Social Security Act 1975 would be a matter for decision by the independent adjudicating authorities. An EEC national does not need a work permit but he cannot claim national insurance unemployment benefit unless he has been employed here since his arrival.