HC Deb 04 March 1937 vol 321 cc507-8
15. Mr. Rhys Davies

asked the Minister of Labour whether he is aware of the transfer of the Brinscall, Chorley, Employment Exchange from a church schoolroom to the licensed premises of the local Conservative club; what were the reasons for the transfer; the respective accommodation in the old and the new building; and the rent paid, respectively, in the old and the new; and whether it is the policy of his Department to establish Employment Exchanges in rooms connected with political clubs and/or licensed premises?

Mr. E. Brown

The school-room had become unfit for occupation and the only suitable alternative accommodation which could be found was the assembly room attached to the Withnell Conservative Club. The public have separate access to this room and during office hours the door connecting with the club premises is kept locked. The difference in the rent of the two premises is not substantial. The answer to the last part of the question is "No." It is not possible, however, to lay down a rigid rule on such a point.

Mr. Davies

Was any complaint made against the old place before the exchange was removed to the new one?

Mr. Brown

Yes, Sir, there was dry rot in the old building.

Mr. Logan

Has the right hon. Gentleman made any inquiries as to whether dry rot has set in in the new premises?

Mr. Davies

Was it not possible to find another place, apart from the Conservative club?

Mr. Brown

I have already said that that was the only suitable accommodation. The hon. Member would be the first to complain if accommodation were not available for unemployed men.

Mr. Bellenger

It is a disgrace.