Emyployment Exchanges.

Oral Answers to Questions — Unemployment. – in the House of Commons at on 25 June 1924.

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Photo of Mr James Gilbert Mr James Gilbert , Southwark Central

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asked the Minister of Labour the number of Employment Exchanges maintained by his Department in the County of London; the total staff which are employed at the same; and the approximate annual cost of these Exchanges to his Department?

Photo of Mr Thomas Shaw Mr Thomas Shaw , Preston

The number of Employment Exchanges in the London County Council area is 23, and on 16th June, 1924, the total number of persons employed was 994, including 54 persons engaged temporarily for emergency work. The annual cost of these Exchanges, almost the whole of which is paid out of the Unemployment Fund, is estimated at £236,900, excluding cost of premises and other charges not borne on the Ministry of Labour Vote.

Photo of Mr James Gilbert Mr James Gilbert , Southwark Central

14 How many ex-service men are on the staffs?

Photo of Mr Thomas Shaw Mr Thomas Shaw , Preston

If my hon. Friend puts a question down, I will try and give an answer to it.

Photo of Dorothy Jewson Dorothy Jewson , Norwich

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asked the Minister of Labour the number of claims of women to uncovenanted benefit which were disallowed by rota sub-committees last month; and whether he will grant the same right of appeal in the case of uncovenanted as in the case of covenanted benefits?

Photo of Mr Thomas Shaw Mr Thomas Shaw , Preston

The number of applications by women for uncovenanted benefit which were recommended for disallowance by local employment committees in Great Britain in the month ending 12th May, 1924, was 7,648. The rights of appeal to a Court of Referees and the Umpire are limited by the Acts to covenanted benefit. I do not think it would be appropriate to apply this procedure to uncovenanted benefit, and I may point out that in the case of uncovenanted benefit the decision rests with the Minister, acting on the recommendation of the local employment committee.

Photo of Sir William Davison Sir William Davison , Kensington South

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asked the Minister of Labour how many married women whose husbands are in employment are in receipt of unemployment donation?

Photo of Mr Thomas Shaw Mr Thomas Shaw , Preston

I regret that, without instituting a special inquiry, I am unable to give the information required.

Photo of Sir William Davison Sir William Davison , Kensington South

Can the right hon. Gentleman say whether there are any married women receiving uncovenanted benefit?

Photo of Mr Thomas Shaw Mr Thomas Shaw , Preston

I cannot say that

Photo of Sir William Davison Sir William Davison , Kensington South

Is it not very desirable that the right hon. Gentleman should know that in these days of financial stringency married women, whose husbands are working, should not receive uncovenanted benefit.

Photo of Mr Thomas Shaw Mr Thomas Shaw , Preston

Every person paying the same contribution is entitled to the same benefits, whether married or single.

Photo of Sir William Davison Sir William Davison , Kensington South

Is the right hon. Gentleman aware that what I referred to was uncovenanted benefit—that is, that married women should not receive the benefit who have not paid any contributions?

Photo of Mr Thomas Shaw Mr Thomas Shaw , Preston

No married woman can get any benefit under any conditions where that benefit is not paid to other persons under exactly the same conditions.