§ 34. Mr. HARRIS
asked the Minister of Labour what, if any, increase there has been during the last 12 months in the number of cases and in the staff at the Shoreditch Employment Exchange; and whether it is proposed, and, if so, where and when, to erect a permanent building to provide proper accommodation for the staff side as well as the employers and employès using the Exchange?
§ Sir A. STEEL-MAITLAND
On 14th March, 1927, the number of persons registered as unemployed at the Shoreditch Employment Exchange was 5,021, and the staff in post 44. On the corresponding 374 date last year the number registered as unemployed was 5,232, and the staff in post 43.
A permanent building, to provide accommodation for the whole staff, as well as for employers and employés using the Exchange, is in course of construction in Kingsland Road, and already the Men's Department is in occupation of the new premises. It is hoped that the remainder of the building will be completed in the course of a few months. The staffing position at the moment is affected by the disturbance and dislocation caused through building operations.