HC Deb 07 March 1940 vol 358 c538
11. Sir Reginald Blair

asked the Minister of Labour whether he will now make plans to operate, in case a large decrease of unemployment in the building and allied trades does not take place when the weather becomes more suitable for such work, including provision to transfer small or large groups of the unemployed into some of the other 546 main occupations, placing such groups into localities where work could be found?

Mr. E. Brown

The Government's programme of works and building will absorb a large number of operatives in the building and allied industries, including many of those at present unemployed. In so far as there remains any surplus of unemployed men in these industries, every effort will be made, through the Employment Exchanges, to place them in other employment, for which they are suitable.