HC Deb 18 June 1936 vol 313 c1151
49. Mr. MUFF

asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether, in view of the large numbers of unemployed still in the Hull area, he will now reconsider the question of instructing the various Government Departments to place portions of their contracts in that district?

The CHANCELLOR of the EXCHEQUER (Mr. Chamberlain)

It is the practice of Departments in placing contracts to give a preference, other things being equal, to areas suffering from severe and prolonged unemployment. Although Hull is not included in the list of such areas, firms in. Hull are in no way debarred from tendering for, or obtaining, Government contracts.


Will the Chancellor allow the Hull Employment Exchange to recruit labour from its own borders and not compel it to recruit labour from outside areas, so-called depressed?


That is entirely a matter for Hull.