HC Deb 03 July 1911 vol 27 c788

asked the President of the Board of Trade whether he has received information from Australian, sources as to the scarcity of labour in various parts of the Commonwealth; whether both manufacturers and contractors complain that they are hampered in completing or undertaking contracts for the reason mentioned; whether a Melbourne firm is asking permission to import riveters and blacksmiths on contract at 12s. a day for a day of eight hours; and, if so, whether he will take measures to notify the same through the medium of exchanges or other public bodies?

The PRESIDENT of the BOARD of TRADE (Mr. Buxton)

My attention has been called to reports in the newspapers and elsewhere of a scarcity of labour in certain parts of Australia. An application was recently made to the Board of Trade Labour Exchanges by the representative of a Melbourne firm for a small number of specially qualified skilled tradesmen of classes similar to those referred to in the question, and steps were taken to notify these vacancies through the Labour Exchanges.