§ 5. Mr. MARCUS
asked the Minister of Labour when the last survey of Employment Exchanges was carried out in Scotland; how many Exchanges were found to be unsatisfactory and on what grounds; and what work it is proposed to carry through, and at what cost, to remedy the defects?
§ Miss BONDFIELD
The last comprehensive survey of Employment Exchange premises was made in 1929. Twenty-six Exchanges in Scotland were then thought to require attention as soon as might be practicable, mainly on account of the inadequacy of the accommodation; 12 others were also thought to be unsatisfactory though in a less degree. Work is proceeding in 11 cases, at an estimated cost shown in the Estimates, Class VII, with the exception of the proposed extension to the Dundee Employment Exchange, where a more economical 743 scheme has been adopted for the time being at a cost of £1,360 instead of the permanent extension proposed at a cost of £15,850. I regret that within the limits of the available expenditure it is not possible to proceed more rapidly with the rehousing programme.