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Benefit Regulations

Volume 981: debated on Wednesday 19 March 1980

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asked the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland if he will take steps to repeal regulation 7(1)(h) of the Social Security (Unemployment, Sickness and invalidity Benefit) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 1975 (S.R. & 0. (N.J.) 1975, No. 86), which has the effect that in Northern Ireland alone a claimant is deemed in employment if he has daily average earnings of more than 75p.

The regulation in question is now regulation 6(1)(h) of the Social Security (Unemployment, Sickness and Invalidity Benefit) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 1979 (S.R. 1979 No. 211). I have no plans at present to revoke it or to raise the limit above 75p. a day. The present provision is not peculiar to Northern Ireland; a similar provision applies in Great Britain.