HC Deb 01 December 1938 vol 342 cc565-6
6. Mr. Gallacher

asked the Minister of Labour whether he is aware that it has become customary at some Employment Exchanges to call in police officers to the manager's room on those occasions when interviews are given to representatives of the National Unemployed Workers' Movement; and whether he will take steps to ensure that such action is not resorted to in future?

Mr. E. Brown

There have been one or two cases in which it has been necessary to call in the police, owing to the disorderly behaviour of the representatives of this movement on Exchange premises. I trust that such action may not be necessary in the future.

Mr. Gallacher

Is the right hon. Gentleman not aware that in certain Exchanges a very harsh method is adopted towards those who apply for relief or assistance of any kind, and will he not see that different methods are adopted?

Mr. Brown

I am not aware of that, but I am aware that certain persons who do go tax the good humour and ability of the able managers of the Exchanges in an unfair way, compared with others.

Mr. Gallacher

If I supply the right hon. Gentleman with a list of managers who are completely lacking in humour, will he consider it?

Mr. Brown

I should not take the one-sided view of the hon. Member as evidence, although I am always willing to listen to ex-parte statements. The hon. Member is quite aware—

Mr. Speaker

The right hon. Member's answer is too much like a speech.