HC Deb 21 January 1937 vol 319 cc318-9
2. Dr. Leech

asked the Minister of Labour whether he is aware of the resentment caused to unemployed men resident in the distressed areas by the influx of competing labour from the Irish Free State; and whether he proposes to take any action to prevent employment being obtained by the Irish visitors while the local men are unemployed?

Mr. E. Brown

I have no authority to act in the manner suggested by my hon. Friend. In the case of vacancies notified to the Employment Exchanges, first consideration is given to local applicants and afterwards, as far as practicable, to suitably qualified persons from areas of heavy unemployment in this country.

Mr. Tinker

Is any record kept of how many are taken on?

Mr. Brown

I would like notice of that question.