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Out-of-Work Donation.

Oral Answers to Questions — Naval and Military Pensions and Grants. – in the House of Commons on 5th May 1919.

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Colonel THORNE:


asked the Minister of Labour if he is aware that Miss Nellie Featherbridge, aged under seventeen years, made a claim for donation benefit at the Warrington Labour Exchange on or about the 1st March; that she was asked by the Employment Exchange officer to undertake night work at the British Aluminium Company, Limited, which was refused; if he is aware that the Court of Referees refused her claim on the ground that the Factory Acts in respect to the employment of young persons on night work were suspended during the War period, and if he will take action with a view to restoring donation benefit to Miss Featherbridge?

Photo of Sir Robert Horne Sir Robert Horne , Glasgow Hillhead

The claim to out-of-work donation in this case was disallowed by the Court of Referees on the ground that the applicant had refused an offer of suitable employment. On the facts stated in the question I am of opinion that the case requires further consideration, and it is being referred to the Umpire for this purpose.