HC Deb 01 February 1945 vol 407 c1605
12. Mr. Manning

asked the Minister of Labour if he is aware that unemployed building operatives willing to work on the repair of war damaged houses in London are prevented from doing so because firms cannot secure Ministry of Works contracts, not having the men, and are refused the men, not having the contracts; and what steps he is taking to employ these men.

Mr. Bevin

I am not aware that there are unemployed building workers prevented from working on the repair of bomb damaged houses for the reason stated.

Mr. Manning

If I send to my right hon. Friend a letter which states that men are walking the streets looking for jobs, and that some of them are experienced craftsmen in the building trade, who have expressed their willingness to work on bomb damage repairs in London, will he look into the matter?

Mr. Bevin