HC Deb 28 January 1937 vol 319 cc1039-40
4. Mr. Rostron Duckworth

asked the Minister of Labour whether any special arrangements are being made to supply the anticipated shortage of hotel and restaurant employés that will occur during the Coronation period from British sources; and to what extent it will be necessary to permit the entry of foreign staff?

Mr. E. Brown

The Ministry of Labour Employment Exchanges, including the specialised hotel and catering trades exchange, will take all possible steps to meet demands made to them by hotels and restaurants requiring additional staff during the Coronation period, and inquiries are in progress with a view to estimating the number of suitable employés likely to be available in this country. In the circumstances it is impossible to say at this stage how far, if at all, the admission of foreign staff will be necessary.

Mr. Paling

Does the Minister keep an eye on the question of the prices that are charged?

Mr. Brown

That is not a matter for the Employment Exchange.

Mr. Day

Will reciprocal terms be asked for British people going to the Continent?

Mr. Brown

This is for the Coronation period, and, of course, no question of reciprocity arises there.