HC Deb 13 February 1930 vol 235 cc578-9

asked the Minister of Labour whether, in view of the number of unemployed and the reduction of the hours of work of employed workers contemplated, she will set up a committee to inquire into the right use of leisure?


The development of facilities for the utilisation of workers' spare time has already been the subject of consideration by the International Labour Organisation, and a Draft Recommendation has been adopted. Having regard to the many other subjects requiring consideration I am unable to agree to my hon. Friend's proposal, but I am glad to know that, both in industry and outside, voluntary efforts to provide such facilities is increasing.


Will the Minister consider the advisability of taking more definite action in view of the large and growing waste of human energy amongst all classes of the community, and possibly invite the local employment committees or the local authorities to consider the matter, and to make recommendations to the Ministry?


The Minister of Health would wish to consider that point, and I think all the local authorities are active in this sphere. My hon. Friend's suggestion will be carefully considered.