§ Mr. Ashton
asked the Secretary of State for Employment if he will take steps to ensure that unemployment benefit adjudicators considering claims
1980 Standard Industrial Classification September 1981 June 1982 June 1983 Wholesale distribution of motor vehicles and parts and accessories (Activity heading 6148) 38.7 42.8 42.0 Retail distribution of motor vehicles and parts and accessories (Activity heading 6510) 192.6 185.4 183.6
from different areas based on similar facts maintain a consistent policy in deciding on applications for unemployment benefit.
§ Mr. Alan Clark
The independence of the adjudicating authorities precludes Ministers from intervening in the adjudication process. We understand, however, that the chief adjudication officer has recently given guidance to regional adjudication officers aimed at ensuring consistency in the treatment of claims.