HC Deb 23 November 1982 vol 32 cc438-9W
Mr. Alton

asked the Secretary of State for Social Services if he will reconsider his Department's attitude towards those who are living in seaside towns and who are considered to render themselves unemployed in winter and thus have difficulty in claiming unemployment benefit.

Mr. Rossi

I refer the hon. Member to the reply which I gave to the hon. Member for Caernarvon (Mr. Wigley) on 12 May—[Vol. 23, c.. 274.] Since that reply was given the requirement to register for work at a jobcentre has ceased to apply to the generality of unemployed claimants; and we have also removed the additional condition applying to seasonal workers whereby they had to have been registered for work throughout periods of unemployment during the past two years. We have, however, no plans at present to amend the remaining additional condition, which relates to a seasonal worker's employment during the off-season, for the reasons explained in my earlier reply.