HC Deb 14 May 1931 vol 252 cc1337-8

asked the Minister of Labour if she will state the number of counter hands employed at the Navy, Army, and Air Force Institute, York; the number of vacancies which have arisen during the course of the present year; the number and description of Employment Exchanges asked to fill these vacancies; and the number of girls supplied by each of these Exchanges?


I am not in a position to give information about the number of staff employed by the institute or the vacancies which arise. Two general orders for staff, including counter hands, have been received this year from the institute at York. These orders were circulated to the group of 26 surrounding Exchanges which normally deal with vacancies at this institute. The Exchange at Halifax, which is in the group, placed a counter hand, and another counter hand, engaged by the Navy, Army, and Air Force Institutes through the Middlesbrough Exchange, which is outside the group, was drafted to York.


Will the right hon. Lady satisfy herself that in the York area there is not a sufficiency of girls unemployed to occupy these positions without using this canteen for the purpose of doing unemployed people out of their unemployment pay?


I dissent from the conclusion reached by the hon. Member.