asked the President of the Board of Trade if he would state whether in the Labour Bureaux preference would be given to British workmen who want employment over alien workmen?
It would clearly be impracticable for Labour Exchanges to make detailed enquiries into the nationality of every applicant to whom a vacancy is notified, but it is open to any employer in notifying a vacancy to express a preference for British labour, and the manager of the Exchange would endeavour to respect his wishes.
If one man is an alien and another a Britisher, will the Britisher be preferred to the alien?
Labour Exchanges were intended to notify the vacancies, but not necessarily to supply them.
Labour Exchanges have already been opened in Cardiff, Swansea, and Newport. It is hoped that it will be possible in the near future to open other Exchanges at Pontypridd, Merthyr Tydvil, Barry, Bute Docks, and Carnarvon.