HC Deb 21 March 1912 vol 35 cc2068-9

asked the President of the Local Government Board whether complaints have been received from the labour colony at Hollesley Bay against the practice of having to eat their breakfast immediately on rising in the morning; whether the weekly leave granted is considered in any way adequate for the search for work; and whether he will take steps to improve the condition of living and labour of those employed there?


I am informed by the Central (Unemployed) Body that no complaint has been made recently with regard to the matter referred to in the first part of the hon. Member's question. Some rearrangement of working hours was, however, suggested in 1909, and I understand that the Central Body did not see their way to agree to what was proposed. The leave granted is monthly, not weekly, and I am informed that the names of all the colonists are registered at the Labour Exchanges. If the hon. Member has any suggestions to make with regard to the conditions of living and labour at the colony, I shall be happy to consider them.