HC Deb 21 January 1937 vol 319 cc319-20
9. Mr. Rhys Davies

asked the Minister of Labour whether he will instruct his local Employment Exchange officers, when recruiting labour for the new munition factory at Chorley and the aircraft factory at Bolton, to bear in mind the very heavy rate of unemployment prevailing at Aspull, Blackrod, Hindley and Westhoughton?

Mr. E. Brown

When vacancies at these factories are notified to the Employment Exchanges, and suitable

Mr. E. Brown

On 9th January, 1937, the total balance of the Unemployment Fund was about £40,000,000.

Mr. Lyons

Now that the Minister is in the happy position of having a substantial credit balance in this fund, is he also in a position to give the House any information as to the proposed allocation of the balance?

Mr. Brown

The Unemployment Insurance Statutory Committee has recently been considering a report on this matter, and I expect it shortly.