§ 9 and 10. Sir Walter Smiles
asked the Minister of Labour (1) whether he will have a committee appointed to inquire into the reason for the abnormal amount of sick leave at the Nab Lane; premises at Blackburn;
(2) whether the Blackburn Employment Exchange at Nab Lane has been inspected by a medical officer at about 12 noon on a pay day, Thursday; if not, will he arrange to have such an inspection and report made?
§ Mr. E. Brown
I have had inquiry made into the sick leave at Nab Lane, and find that over the last two years it compares favourably with that for the other men's premises in Blackburn and with the average for the division as a whole. In these circumstances there appears to be no justification for the suggested medical inspection of these premises.
§ Sir W. Smiles
Is the right hon. Gentleman aware that the matter is urgent, and that the atmosphere in that room sometimes resembles that of the Black Hole of Calcutta?