§ 1. Mr. Gallacher
asked the Minister of Labour whether he is aware that discrimination is exercised by employers in the London area and other parts of the country against Irishmen leading to their dismissal, as a result of recent happenings which are at present being investigated by the courts; and will he take steps to discourage such discrimination where it is brought to his notice?
§ The Minister of Labour (Mr. Ernest Brown)
I have no information that such discrimination is being exercised.
§ Mr. Gallacher
Is the Minister not aware that there are very many cases of Irish people being harried, and in some cases dismissed from employment, as a result of the unnecessary talk against the Irish in general, because of the trouble that has been created by a few Irishmen in particular, and will he take measures to see that every effort is made to prevent any discrimination against Irishmen in general?
§ Mr. Anstruther-Gray
Will my right hon. Friend bear in mind that there are many good Englishmen and good Scotsmen without a job in this country to-day?
§ Sir Frank Sanderson
While it would be grossly unfair to suggest that employers have any prejudice against Irishmen, is it not a fact that as a result of 1410 recent happenings employers must inevitably exercise caution when engaging more Irishmen for the first time; and in view of this does not the right hon. Gentleman consider that any Irishmen who may be responsible for these happenings are doing a gross disservice to their fellow countrymen?
§ Mr. Pilkington
Can my right hon. Friend ascertain how many people who are not citizens of this country are on the unemployment registers?