§ 6 and 7. Mr. BOWERMAN
asked the President of the Board of Trade (1) whether under normal conditions the triennial Report on trade unions would by this time have been published; whether this Report, 1911–13, is ready; if so, whether steps will be taken to secure its speedy publication; and (2) whether the 512 Report on Labour Exchanges is now ready; and, if so, whether steps will be taken to secure its speedy publication?
§ The PRESIDENT of the BOARD of TRADE (Mr. Runciman)
The principal facts with respect to trade unions in 1911–13 have already been published in the "Board of Trade Labour Gazette," and further particulars are given in the 17th Abstract of Labour Statistics. In these circumstances, and in view of the number of enlistments in the Department, the pressure in other directions owing to the War, and the desirability of economising effort and expenditure during the present crisis, it is proposed to postpone publication of the volume referred to by my hon. Friend. For these reasons the postponement of the Report on Labour Exchanges is also proposed.