HC Deb 15 June 1939 vol 348 cc1478-9
15. Mr. Lunn

asked the Minister of Labour whether he is aware that Mr. J. Milburn, an unemployed surface worker attending the Wakefield Employment Exchange, was given a green card and sent to Park Hills Colliery, Wakefield, in accordance with a request from the colliery manager for four surface workers; that he had been employed at the colliery previously and is regarded as a good workman; and that, when he, along with three others, applied to the manager for a job, he was turned down, the other men being given employment; can he state the reason for this man not being accepted for work; and what is his position with regard to unemployment benefit?

Mr. E. Brown

I am having inquiries made and will communicate with the hon. Member as soon as possible.

Mr. Lunn

In view of the fact that this man offered himself for the work after a request for workers had been made by the colliery manager, and was then turned down, is this not a clear case of victimisation, and cannot the right hon. Gentleman deal with the matter?

Mr. Brown

The result of my first inquiries led me to pursue them. I am not quite sure about the facts, but as soon as I have them I will let the hon. Member know.