HC Deb 23 July 1940 vol 363 c580
10. Dr. Little

asked the Secretary of State for War whether he will give instructions to the military authorities for the utilisation of the unemployed men in Northern Ireland, so far as that is practicable, for the perfecting of its defences against all enemy attacks?

Mr. Eden

When extra men are needed either by contractors or for direct employment by the military authorities on defence works, they are obtained through the Employment Exchanges, and this has the effect of providing work for men who might otherwise remain unemployed.

Dr. Little

Is my right hon. Friend aware that there is a great deal of work which these unemployed men could do if they were given the opportunity?