§ 21. Mr. CAIRNS
asked the Minister of Labour if his attention has been called to the situation of the temporary staff at the Blyth Employment Exchange; is he aware that all the staff are ex-service men, that the work is increasing, some of the staff are being dismissed, others under notice, and that those remaining are working overtime; and will he inquire into the matter?
§ Dr. MACNAMARA
The temporary staff at Blyth, as at most Exchanges, consists entirely of ex-service men. The work at the Blyth Exchange has recently been declining, not increasing, and accordingly the staff has been reduced by one. A considerable amount of overtime was worked at the Exchange in the week ending 8th May, but the reason for this is not clear, and inquiry is being made.