HC Deb 29 January 1979 vol 961 cc341-2W
Mr. Skeet

asked the Secretary of State for Employment if he will seek to amend section 19 of the Social Security Act 1975 either to apply it to both a striker and his family, or to provide for the attachment of trade union funds where benefits have been paid by his Department for the support of the families of strikers who are members of a particular union involved in a trade dispute.

Mr. Orme

I have been asked to reply.

Section 19 of the Social Security Act 1975 disqualifies a striker for receiving unemployment benefit in certain circumstances, and the disqualification, where applicable, extends to the striker's personal benefit and to any increases of benefit for his dependants. I assume that the hon. Member seeks to apply this provision to supplementary benefit also. The answer to both parts of the question is "No."