§ 44. Mr. T. GRIFFITHS
asked the Minister of Labour whether he is aware that Mr. W. F. Jones, of 22, Cotnes Avenue, Cwmbran, went out to Canada with the harvesters last year and was only employed for two weeks; that since his return he has been asked by the manager of the Pontnewydd Employment Exchange to refund £18 which is due to the exchange as money advanced to pay his passage; and whether he will investigate the case?
§ The PARLIAMENTARY SECRETARY to the MINISTRY of LABOUR (Mr. Betterton)
Mr. Jones received a loan of £10 to enable him to go to Canada and a loan of £8 to enable him to return home, and undertook to repay this money. He has been in regular employment since the 3rd November last, but he has so far failed even to reply to letters asking him whether he is in a position to make any repayment. The Department must obviously press for an answer, and when it is received will consider the position it discloses.
§ Mr. GRIFFITHS
Is the Minister aware that this man only worked for 1060 two weeks while in Canada; that a claim is now being put forward by the Employment Exchange asking him to pay £18, and that he has no money with which to pay?
§ Mr. BETTERTON
This gentleman has not condescended to answer the letters which have been addressed to him. If he will do so, I will consider the matter.