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China Clay Industry, Cornwall

Volume 155: debated on Thursday 15 June 1922

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asked the Minister of Labour whether he will now issue instructions to the appropriate local committee that men in the china clay-industry in Cornwall, who are working half-time and earning only £1 per week, upon which they have to support their families, should no longer be disqualified for unemployment benefit?

I have made inquiries as promised in my answer to my hon. Friend's question on the. 29th May. I am informed that the Local Employment Committee examine each case individually, and that ordinarily benefit is allowed to married men with children and disallowed to single men, while the decision in the case of married men without children varies according to the amount of time being worked. The action of the Committee appears to be quite in order.