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Fishermen, North-East England

Volume 174: debated on Tuesday 12 June 1990

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To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security whether he has made arrangements to assist onshore fishermen in the north-east of England unable to work because of the current restrictions on the sale of shellfish.

Under normal arrangements, share fishermen who pay a special rate of class 2 (self-employed) contributions are entitled to claim unemployment benefit when they are unable to work and can demonstrate that it is impossible for catches to be sold.