Share Fishermen.

Oral Answers to Questions — Genoa Conference. – in the House of Commons on 29th March 1922.

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Photo of Sir Arthur Fell Sir Arthur Fell , Great Yarmouth

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asked the Minister of Labour if the share fishermen who are not included in the national insurance scheme can be included in the scheme by an Order in Council; and, if this cannot be done expeditiously so as to help them in the exceedingly bad times they are passing through, will he take action in the matter?

Photo of Mr Thomas Macnamara Mr Thomas Macnamara , Camberwell North West

Share fishermen at present excluded cannot without amending legislation be brought into the Unemployment Insurance Scheme in such a way as to become entitled to immediate benefit. The exclusion of shave fishermen was pressed upon me when the 1920 Act was before Parliament, and I am afraid I do not see my way to propose an amendment of the Act for the purpose of reversing the decision then taken.

Photo of Sir Arthur Fell Sir Arthur Fell , Great Yarmouth

If these men made a mistake some time ago, cannot it be rectified, and has the opinion of the Law Officers been taken as to whether that cannot be done by an Order in Council?

Photo of Mr Thomas Macnamara Mr Thomas Macnamara , Camberwell North West

I think there is no doubt that an amendment of the law-would be necessary. I ought perhaps to say that endeavour has been made to find relief work.