HC Deb 07 December 1939 vol 355 cc784-5
15. Mr. John Morgan

asked the Minister of Labour how he accounts for the rise of about 10 per cent. in the number of persons unemployed in the Doncaster area during November; and what steps he proposes to take to deal with so unsatisfactory a state of affairs at such a time as the present?

Mr. E. Brown

I am having inquiry made and will communicate with the hon. Member.

Mr. Morgan

If as a result of the inquiry he finds that at railway works which are working on short time, wagons are badly wanted, will he make representations to the Minister of Transport?

Mr. Brown

It is on the short time problem that I am making inquiries. There is no problem when there is full-time employment.

Mr. T. Smith

In the case of short time in the collieries, will the right hon. Gentleman consult the Secretary of Mines to see whether some improvement can be made?

Mr. Brown

I will await the result of this inquiry first.