§ 1. Mr. Pilkington
asked the Minister of Labour whether he has yet had reports of the Hartlepool experiment as to unemployed men having to sign on only once a day; and, if so, whether he will now extend this practice to Liverpool?
§ The Minister of Labour (Mr. Ernest Brown)
I would refer the hon. Member to the reply given to his question on 1st December, 1938, to which I have nothing to add.
§ Mr. Pilkington
Can the right hon. Gentleman give any date when he hopes the report will be in his hands? Can he expedite it?
§ Mr. George Griffiths
Cannot the right hon. Gentleman see the hardship to these people who have to walk miles to sign on once every day for about four shillings?
§ 13. Mr. Logan
asked the Minister of Labour whether he is prepared to offer once-a-day signing-on facilities instead of two, as now operate for all dock labourers in Liverpool; or, alternatively, consider making some concession to those men living on housing estates on the outskirts of the city of Liverpool?
§ Mr. Brown
As I indicated in reply to a previous question on this subject, I think it would be premature to introduce once-a-day signing for dock workers in Liverpool. Nor do I think that the distance of the men's homes from the calling-on places is entirely relevant. In general they must attend the calling-on places if they want to get work, and, if they are unsuccessful, it is only a short distance from there to the office where they sign on.