Bakers (Public Institutions).

Oral Answers to Questions — Unemployment. – in the House of Commons on 22nd June 1922.

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Mr. J. JONES:

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asked the Minister of Labour whether it has been decided that bakers employed in public institutions are not subject to the Unemployment Insurance Acts; if so, will he state the grounds for this decision; and whether the decision applies to bakers who are temporarily employed?

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

I have held, in a case submitted to me for formal determination under Section 10 (1) of the Unemployment Insurance Act, 1920, that a baker employed in an institution under the control of the Metropolitan Asylums Board was excepted as being employed in domestic service, and not in a trade or business carried on for the purposes of gain, within the meaning of paragraph (b) of Part II of the First Schedule to that Act. If the duties of the men temporarily employed as bakers to whom the question relates are similar to those of the men upon whose case this decision was given, they would also be excepted.

Mr. JONES:

Will the right hon. Gentleman consider the case of bakers who are being temporarily employed and find themselves out of employment, and cannot get any benefit after having subscribed?

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

If that be the case, if their conditions are similar, the fact that they are temporarily employed does not affect the problem. My decision can be appealed against to the High Court, or I may myself revise it if new facts are submitted to me.