66. Mr. SANDEMAN
asked the Minister of Labour whether his attention has been called to the suffering caused to many by the inadequate and unsuitable accommodation provided for those who have to wait at many of the Employment Exchanges throughout the country; and what steps he proposes to take?
§ The PARLIAMENTARY SECRETARY to the MINISTRY of LABOUR (Miss Bondfield)
I am aware that some Employment Exchange premises are not suitable for present requirements, but, within the limits imposed by financial considerations, the accommodation is being 38 progressively improved. At all exchanges where applicants have to be dealt with in large numbers, arrangements are in force for attendance at fixed times in order to minimise periods of waiting. If applicants observe the attendance times specified, they do not have to wait for any lengthy period. Speaking generally, I think the best practicable steps are being taken to deal with the inevitable difficulties, but if the hon. Member will give me particulars of any specific case he has in mind, I shall be glad to make inquiries.
§ Sir CHARLES STARMER
Would it not ease matters if fewer attendances were called for each week? There are where men have to walk over 100 miles a month in order to sign on the unemployment register.
§ Sir C. STARMER
I have already tabled questions relating to cases of hardship, and there is no remedy from the present Government.