HC Deb 06 July 1981 vol 8 cc39-40W
Mr. Hill

asked the Secretary of State for Employment if, in view of the fact that the maximum redundancy payment now available to registered dock workers in the ports of London and Liverpool is £16,000, he will increase to the same level the sum payable to dock workers in the port of Southampton.

Mr. Waddington

I refer my hon. Friend to the answer I gave him on 29 June 1981—[Vol. 7, c. 255]. The special supplement of £5,500 in London and Liverpool, which was financed by the Department of Transport outside the terms of the industry's national voluntary severance scheme, was available to registered dock workers who applied for severance only during the months of March and April. Dock workers applying for severance in these ports are currently entitled to the same maximum payment as those in other ports.

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