HC Deb 17 February 1938 vol 331 cc2040-1
6. Mr. James Griffiths

asked the Minister of Labour whether he has now completed his investigations into the problem of providing work for the elderly unemployed; and whether he can indicate what steps he proposes to take to deal with the problem?

Mr. E. Brown

I completed two days ago my visits to the divisional areas of the Ministry. In the course of these visits a great number of figures and suggestions were brought to my notice, all of which will need to be carefully sifted and examined before I can be in a position to come to any conclusions.

Mr. Griffiths

In view of the fact that it is now over nine months since the right hon. Gentleman made the public statement on his visit to South Wales that plans will soon be put forward, how long have we to wait?

Mr. Brown

I started my tour of the nine Ministry divisions on 1st September.

Mr. George Griffiths

Was the last place that the Minister visited Ipswich?