HC Deb 02 June 1938 vol 336 cc2208-9
13 Mr. Stephen

asked the Minister of Labour whether he is aware that young men from Scotland, who were given a complete course in training for building and plastering work, were afterwards refused benefit for six weeks for refusing work as casual ice-cream vendors in the Croydon area; and whether he will take steps in future, as far as possible, to see that men who receive a course of training are given every opportunity to get employment in the industry for which they have been trained and not diverted into casual unskilled seasonal work.

Mr. E. Brown

I can trace no case such as is described in the first part of the question. The practice of the Department is already as suggested in the second part of the question. In the great majority of cases no difficulty arises and in the few cases in which men after completing training are not placed at once, their names are kept on a separate register in order that special efforts may be made to place them in the occupation for which they have been trained.

Mr. Stephen

Is not the right hon. Gentleman aware that I gave him a case and received an answer from him?

Mr. Brown

I agree, and if the hon. Member will talk to me about it, he will find that everything possible is being done.