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Seasonal Workers

Volume 486: debated on Monday 16 April 1951

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asked the Minister of National Insurance at what date this year seasonal farm workers who have been denied unemployment benefit will again qualify for benefit; and what steps have been taken to inform each person so affected.

The period of a Seasonal Worker's off-season is decided by the Statutory authorities on the facts of each case, and stated on the notice of disallowance. Following the end of the off-season, payment of benefit will be made without special application to those still unemployed.


asked the Minister of National Insurance how many women farm workers registered at the Downham Market employment exchange during the past winter have been classified as seasonal workers and have been refused benefit; and how many have been allowed benefit.

I regret that this information is not available, but figures relating to women agricultural workers now on the unemployed register are being obtained and I will write to my hon. Friend.