HC Deb 11 March 1947 vol 434 cc1113-4
26. Mr. Mack

asked the Minister of Labour whether, in view of the manpower shortage, he proposes to take action to prevent the employment by the Co-operative Insurance Society and other offices of agents on blank books.

Mr. Isaacs

No, Sir, I have no power to do this.

Mr. Mack

Is my right hon. Friend aware that this use of manpower, which tends towards special arrangements, is frowned upon very much; surely his Department ought to have some power to give effect to that?

Mr. Isaacs

Whether we should or should not have the power is another matter. At the present moment I have not the power.

Mr. Tiffany

Can the Minister explain exactly what is referred to in the Question as "blank books"?

Mr. Isaacs

I am afraid that is not for me to do.