HC Deb 01 February 1949 vol 460 c1494
20. Sir John Mellor

asked the Minister of Labour if he will give an assurance that employment exchanges will facilitate the employment in other industries of mineworkers who wish to leave the coal industry when it becomes a closed shop.

Mr. Isaacs

If this situation should arise I will consider it.

Sir J. Mellor

Surely, the right hon. Gentleman is able to give the straightforward answer of "Yes" to this Question, or else we are entitled to have the greatest suspicion of his intentions?

Mr. Isaacs

If the hon. Gentleman will look at his Question he will see that he says: When it becomes a closed shop. I do not know when that will be, but if it arises I will consider it.