HC Deb 19 April 1937 vol 322 cc1427-8
48. Mr. Rhys Davies

asked the Minister of Labour whether he has now inquired into the importation from Ireland of workmen employed in connection with the new Euxten munition factory, Chorley, Lancashire; and whether he can make a statement on the subject?

Mr. E. Brown

The hon. Member was good enough to write to me on 12th April, and inquiries into the matter are at present proceeding. I will communicate further with the hon. Member when the inquiries have been completed.

Mr. Davies

Does not the right hon. Gentleman think it a very extraordinary situation that while unemployment in the area of this munition factory has been at the rate of 40 per cent. for the last five years, the contractor is bringing over Irish labour to do this job?

Mr. Brown

Perhaps we can discuss that when I get the facts.