HC Deb 19 May 1938 vol 336 c552
12. Mr. James Griffiths

asked the Minister of Labour what arrangements have been made to ensure that labour required on Government works in connection with the rearmament programme at Pembrey, Carmarthenshire, is recruited from the Employment Exchange in the area; and if such arrangements ensure preference being given to the unemployed in the area?

Mr. E. Brown

It is a condition of the contracts already let that the contractors shall notify to the Employment Exchange all vacancies for additional labour required on the works, with the object of affording an opportunity of employment to suitably qualified men available in the area. A similar condition will apply to future contracts.

Mr. J. Griffiths

Is the right hon. Gentleman aware that the employers interpret that as meaning that they can employ whoever they like, provided they merely inform the Employment Exchange? In view of the fact that this was announced by the right hon. Gentleman as one of the efforts made by the Government to enable a large number of local people to be employed, will he see to it that all employment is arranged through the local Employment Exchange?

Mr. Brown

The hon. Member knows that that is the purpose of this arrangement. I am not aware of the facts as stated. If I have evidence to that effect, I shall do my best to see that local labour gets preference.

Mr. Tomlinson

Will the right hon. Gentleman accept information from other areas as to a similar practice?

Mr. J. Griffiths

Will the right hon. Gentleman go into the matter very seriously, as contractors are bringing in labour from outside to the disadvantage of local people?

Mr. Brown

Certainly I will, but I must make inquiries at the other end through the Employment Exchange.