HC Deb 14 March 1950 vol 472 cc886-7
1. Mr. Boyd-Carpenter

asked the Minister of Labour what action he is taking to prevent unemployment arising in Kingston-upon-Thames as the result of the reduction in work for His Majesty's Government given to the Hawker Aircraft Company.

The Minister of Labour (Mr. Isaacs)

The normal machinery of the employment exchange service will be available for any workers who may become redundant at the Hawker Aircraft Company if they register for employment.

Mr. Boyd-Carpenter

Does the right hon. Gentleman recall that when the Government arranged for the move to Lancashire of the Leyland works, an assurance was given that the men rendered redundant would be taken up by the expansion of work at Hawker's? What special action does the right hon. Gentleman contemplate in implementation of that undertaking?

Mr. Isaacs

No special action is required in these circumstances. The normal action of the Ministry is to ask the firm to report to the Ministry men who are likely to become redundant, so that we can interview the men before they leave the firm with a view to placing them in other jobs without their losing employment at all.