§ 18. Mr. GRIFFITHS
asked the Minister of Labour whether he is aware that three of his staff at Blaenavon visited the homes of some of the unemployed and, if the men were at home, told them that they should be out looking for employment, and in some cases where the men were digging the garden stopped a day's pay; that several of the mines in the district are totally or partially closed and no employment is obtainable; and if he will investigate the matter?
§ Sir A. STEEL-MAITLAND
As stated in the reply to the hon. Member for Bedwellty (Mr. C. Edwards), on 1st June last, inquiries may be made at the homes of applicants for unemployment benefit, at the request of rota committees or otherwise, if the circumstances appear to call for investigation. I cannot trace any foundation, however, for the specific allegations made in the first part of the question, and should be glad to have full details in order that I may make further inquiry.