§ Mr. J. BROWN
asked the Minister of Labour the result of his inquiries into the position of workmen formerly employed either by private firms or by the county council of Zetland who have been disqualified for unemployment benefit because they were tenants of crofts, although they had paid the contributions laid down under the Unemployment Insurance Acts?
§ Dr. MACNAMARA
I understand that in most, if not in all, of these cases the contributions paid have been exhausted by the benefit received, and the present question has arisen with regard to claims 1357W for free benefit. In view of the fact that the applicants are employed for a considerable part of each ear in working on their crofts they are unable to satisfy the conditions for free benefit which has accordingly been disallowed on the recommendation of the Local Employment Committee.