HC Deb 17 August 1911 vol 29 cc2095-6

asked the President of the Board of Trade if he is aware that, in spite of the fact that the Board of Trade have given assurances that the Labour Exchanges would not interfere with domestic servants' agencies, the exchanges are now advertising in their windows numerous vacancies for domestic servants; and whether he proposes to take any steps in the matter?


Managers of exchanges are instructed not to accept notification of vacancies for indoor domestic servants for private houses. I am not aware that any action contravening this instruction has been taken, but if the hon. Member has any specific instance in his mind and will bring it to my notice I will cause inquiry to be made.


asked whether the advisory committee of the Liverpool district, which controls the Labour Exchanges of Liverpool, Birken-head, Warrington, St. Helens, and South-port, permits any trade union or friendly society to hold its business meeting in the Labour exchange premises for the nominal charge of 1s. per meeting; and to what extent the same course is adopted by other advisory committees?


The Liverpool and District Advisory Trade Committee have dealt with applications from trade unions under Section VIII. 1. of the General Regulations (copy of which I am sending my hon. Friend) and have approved of the use of rooms in Labour Exchanges in Birken-head, Bootle, Liverpool, St. Helens, and Warrington. I understand that several other advisory committees are adopting the same course. The rate charged is one shilling per meeting.