EARL of KERRY
asked the President of the Board of Trade whether the supply of governesses and domestic servants is being dealt with by the Labour Exchanges; whether it was intended or contemplated that the Exchanges should be so used by persons already provided for toy other agencies, where both employer and employed are in a position to pay the customary fees; whether such State-aided competition is seriously threatening the continued existence of domestic employment agencies; and whether he proposes to take any action in the matter?
Labour Exchange managers have been instructed from the first not to deal with resident vacancies for domestic servants in private houses. A limited number of juvenile advisory committees have, however, recently been permitted, under carefully defined conditions, to find places for girls below seventeen desiring to go into service. I shall be glad to inquire into any specific case in which it is alleged that the existing instructions have been infringed.