HC Deb 10 October 1912 vol 42 cc509-10

asked whether the Department's attention has been drawn to a complaint that men were being taken on through the Labour Exchange at Keyham to perform the work of coal porters in the Devonport dockyard, having no experience of that kind of work, thus displacing men having the necessary experience; whether he has made any inquiries into the matter; and can the right hon. Gentleman give the House the result of those inquiries?


It appears that some temporary difficulty has been experienced at Devonport of the kind referred to by the hon. Member. A solution of the difficulty has, however, been arrived at by the entry on the dockyard books of such numbers of men, well trained in this class of work, as can be permanently employed; and, with regard to the remainder, i.e., for casual requirements, arrangements have been made with the officials of the local Labour Exchange which should ensure the supply of experienced men only for the future.