HC Deb 12 December 1928 vol 223 c2109
39. Mr. MARCH

asked the Minister of Labour whether he is aware that last week 12 men were discharged from a large building alteration going on at the corner of Commercial Street and White-chapel Road to make room for 12 transferred single men from South Wales and that most of the discharged men are married, with families; and what he proposes to do for these discharged London men?


I understand that the engagement of a number of workers from the depressed areas on this contract was in no way responsible for these discharges. The men discharged were non-unionists, and were replaced by union labour as a result of trade union action. If the discharged men register at their local Exchanges, efforts will be made to find employment for them.


Can the right hon. Gentleman say that they were all non-unionists, because the one who brought the information to me was a trade unionist belonging to the same organisation as I do?


If the hon. Member will communicate with me and give me any information which would lead me to modify that statement, I shall be glad to receive it.


Does the right hon. Gentleman's original answer indicate that the transference scheme does not diminish, but merely redistributes, unemployment?


Is there any truth in the statement that miners from South Wales have been sent to places where there is no employment for them, and are now pushing ice-cream barrows through the streets?

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