§ 2. Captain PLUGGE
asked the Minister of Labour whether, with the object of securing the proper training of the young in skilled occupations, he will investigate the extent to which membership of unions is being refused to such young men and women, even though partially trained, on the ground that there are unemployed among the members of the unions?
§ Mr. E. BROWN
The question of the conditions upon which workpeople are admitted to membership of trade unions is a matter for the unions themselves to determine and I am unable to see that the object of securing the proper training of the young in skilled occupations would be assisted by such an investigation as my hon. and gallant Friend suggests. I have no reason to think that the unions do not recognise the importance of the necessary provision being made for meeting the present and future requirements of industry in this respect.
§ Mr. LAWSON
Does the right hon. Gentleman think the conditions in these trades are any more exacting than the conditions in the legal profession with regard to people entering?