HC Deb 09 November 1939 vol 353 cc381-2
3. Mr. Davidson

asked the Minister of Labour whether machinery exists for the purpose of transferring unemployed persons to paid air-raid precautions work; and, if so, how many have been so transferred in Glasgow?

Mr. E. Brown

No specific machinery of this nature has been set up, but the Employment Exchanges make every effort to secure paid employment on air-raid precautions for unemployed persons. With regard to the second part, there are no statistics available as to the number of unemployed persons who have secured paid air-raid precautions work in Glasgow, but I am informed that over 5,000 of the 6,688 paid A.R.P. workers in Glasgow were unemployed before being taken on for A.R.P. work.

Mr. Davidson

Does the Minister contemplate the setting up of machinery in local areas for this particular purpose?

Mr. Brown

I think the figures I have given show that the Employment Exchanges are filling the bill in the usual way.

Mr. Davidson

What about the 67,000?

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