HC Deb 20 July 1926 vol 198 cc1044-5

asked the Minister of Labour whether his attention has been directed to the congested state of the women's Employment Exchange at Albion Street, Leicester, involving frequent and considerable over time for the staff; whether he is aware that this condition has continued for several months; and whether, in the interests both of the applicants and of the health of the staff, he can see his way to terminate as soon as possible this state of affairs?


I have been asked to reply. The Minister is causing inquiry to be made into the position at the Leicester Exchange and will communicate the result to the hon. Member.


On a point of Order. Are we to understand that the Minister of Labour is not present and that answers require to be given by a Lord of the Treasury?


Answers that have been given may be followed by further questions placed on the Paper.


Surely this is treating the House with contempt. We have practically three Ministers to whom questions have been addressed all absent. Surely something ought to be done to see that Ministers will be here, otherwise how can anyone with no knowledge of their Departments reply to supplementary questions? It is becoming absurd.