Unemployment (Share Fishermen).

Oral Answers to Questions — Naval and Military Pensions and Grants. – in the House of Commons on 24th July 1923.

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Photo of Sir Arthur Harbord Sir Arthur Harbord , Great Yarmouth

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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?

Photo of Sir Henry Betterton Sir Henry Betterton , Rushcliffe

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.

Photo of Sir Arthur Harbord Sir Arthur Harbord , Great Yarmouth

Would the Government be prepared to grant facilities to a private Member who is prepared to make the necessary proposals which would enable the share fishermen to benefit under the Unemployment Insurance Act?

Photo of Sir Henry Betterton Sir Henry Betterton , Rushcliffe

That is obviously a question which ought not to be addressed to me, but to the Prime Minister.