HC Deb 23 July 1931 vol 255 cc1656-7
14. Mr. McSHANE

(for Mr. LONG-BOTTOM) asked the Minister of Labour if she is aware that, although only 21 vacancies were notified by the Army, Navy, and Air Force Institute, York, during the three months ended 1st June last, 40 unemployed persons resident outside York had their benefit discontinued because they would not leave home to accept the vacant positions; and why the vacancies were not filled from among the 800 unemployed women who were at the same time on the books of the York Employment Exchange?


The particulars in the first part of the question were given in a letter which I sent to my hon. Friend on 17th July. As regards the 800 unemployed women at York, 243 of them were on short-time, and 60 per cent. of the remainder were married. Apart from such considerations as these, I could not agree that the opportunity for obtaining this class of work should be limited to women residing at the town at which the canteens happened to be situated.