HC Deb 16 November 1939 vol 353 cc798-9
7. Mr. Jackson

asked the Minister of Labour where the hardship tribunals for Breconshire and Radnorshire will be located; who are their personnel; and when they will start functioning?

Mr. E. Brown

Under the National Service (Armed Forces) Act, the membership of the Military Service (Hardship) Committees is, so far as practicable, the same as that of the courts of referees under the Unemployment Insurance Acts. Cases from Breconshire are heard by the committees at Merthyr, Swansea, Ponty-pool or Ebbw Vale, but if necessary sittings of the Swansea and Merthyr committees will be held at Ystalfera and Brecon respectively. Cases from Radnorshire are heard by the Newtown Committee which sits at Knighton or Llandrindod Wells as necessary. These committees have already been established, and they, like other hardship committees, will commence to hear cases very shortly.

Mr. J. Griffiths

Can the right hon. Gentleman explain why Ministers in this House take care to pronounce foreign names correctly, but never bother about the pronunciation of Welsh names?

Mr. Brown

I, personally, am always glad to be corrected in my pronunciation of Welsh names, and I recognise that Welsh is a lovely language.