HC Deb 09 February 1939 vol 343 cc1093-4
2. Mr. Pilkington

asked the Minister of Labour whether he will consider appointing unemployed men, who have the adequate knowledge, to do the extra work at Employment Exchanges for National Service registration, rather than ask the present personnel to work overtime?

Mr. E. Brown

It is the normal practice in the Exchange service to engage temporary staff from the unemployed when there is a temporary increase of work, and this practice has been followed on the present occasion. I am afraid, however, that it is impossible to avoid some amount of overtime on the part of the trained staff of the Department.

Mr. Gallacher

Is it not the case that there is no increase of work owing to the fact that National Service registration is deplorable?

Mr. Brown

That is not so. The hon. Member makes assertions quite often in this House for which he provides no evidence whatever.

Mr. Day

Has there been much registration?

Mr. Brown

There has been a great deal.