HC Deb 07 May 1936 vol 311 c1851
9. Captain Sir WILLIAM BRASS

asked the Minister of Labour whether he has any statement to make concerning the report of the Departmental inquiry into the question of signing-on at Employment Exchanges, which was submitted to him some months ago; and whether any action is contemplated which will remove some of the anomalies which at present exist in Lancashire?


The general examination of this matter has not yet been completed. I have however given further consideration to the arrangements at the Great Harwood Employment Exchange, about which my hon. and gallant Friend has made representations to me previously, and I propose for the time being to reduce the number of weekly signatures ordinarily required at that exchange to two a week.


Will the right hon. Gentleman say whether inquiries will be made in the spring?


When will the right hon. Gentleman be able to tell us what he has discovered with regard to the anomaly to which the deputation drew his attention many weeks ago whereby the workers in this industry can earn far less while working than they would get if unemployed?


That is another issue.