§ 36. Miss JEWSON
asked the Minister of Labour whether any instructions are issued to Employment Exchanges with a view to checking the supply of cheap labour to catering employers; and what is the minimum rate of wages below Which work is not now offered to women at these Exchanges?
§ Mr. SHAW
No such instructions have been issued. It is no part of the duty of Exchanges to inquire as to whether wages are suitable, provided always that there is no minimum rate fixed by law which 354 is being infringed. When the question of stoppage of benefit arises, there are rules with which no doubt my hon. Friend is familiar.
§ Miss JEWSON
Is the right hon. Gentleman aware that recently, at one of the Exchanges, a woman was offered a job at 10s. a week for work in a picture-house cafe from 9 a.m. to 11 p.m., and that she had her benefit stopped because she refused the job? Does the right hon. Gentleman think that that is suitable employment within the meaning of the rules?
§ Lord H. CAVENDISH-BENTINCK
When is the right hon. Gentleman going to set up a trade board, and stop the sweating in this industry?