§ 19. Mr. Dunn
asked the Minister of Labour whether he is aware that Mr. Fred Vernon of 4, Riddings, Thurcrofts, near Rotherham, has been discharged from his work by Messrs. Rodgers & Sons. plasterers, Rotherham, and that the boy was 20 years of age and had been an excellent worker with the firm, but was discharged at a minute's notice by Messrs. Rodgers & Sons, on 3rd June, the day when he was due to register in the Militia; and has he any observations to make concerning this case?
§ Mr. E. Brown
I have no information as to the circumstances of this particular case, and am making inquiry.
§ Mr. Watkins
Are not occurrences such as those detailed in the questions happening all over the country? Are not boys being sacked without redress at all? Can the Minister do nothing to help?
§ Mr. Brown
I could not accept that statement of the position. I have had some communications about it, but I must 1491 warn the House that my preliminary inquiries in one or two cases show another side of the story. That is not to say that what is alleged may not be true in some cases. If on further inquiries I find it is so, I will do what I can to stop it.
§ Mr. Tinker
If the Minister has heard only the employer's side, will he consult with the hon. Member who has made the complaint?
§ Mr. Silverman
Why was it impossible to make the regulations retrospective having regard to the fact that the Government had made it clear from the outset that it was their intention to prevent this sort of thing happening?