asked the Minister of Agriculture whether, in view of the serious amount of unemployment and general distress existing amongst the share fishermen during the past two years caused by repeated failure of the herring fishing, the Government will take the necessary steps to bring these men at the earliest possible date within the scope and benefits of the Unemployment Insurance Act?
I have been asked to reply. Share fishermen are excluded from unemployment insurance only if they are wholly remunerated by a share in profits or gross earnings. This exclusion was pressed upon the Department when the Act of 1920 was before Parliament. I am afraid it is not feasible to introduce the legislation which would be necessary in order to bring these fishermen into insurance and entitle them to immediate benefit.