HC Deb 07 November 1950 vol 480 c762
35. Mr. Donner

asked The Minister of of Labour what steps have been taken to divert under-employed labour in various factories to those factories urgently in need of manpower for rearmament purposes.

The Minister of Labour (Mr. Isaacs)

I am in consultation with the two sides of industry as to the best means of meeting the labour needs of the rearmament programme as these develop. With regard to workers who may be under-employed and who wish to transfer to work on the rearmament programme, they will be helped to do so if they apply to an employment exchange.

Mr. Donner

As some armament and machine tool manufacturers are seriously short of labour, will the Government consider introducing some incentive scheme, including, perhaps, the provision of "prefabs.", to such under-employed people?

Mr. Isaacs

The hon. Gentleman asks me what I am doing to divert unemployed labour. Well, I have no power to take a man out of one job and push him into another.

Mr. Donner

Surely the Government have power to make essential jobs attractive by providing such incentives?

Brigadier Clarke

Will the right hon. Gentleman stop diverting unemployed to Portsmouth, and will he, if necessary, divert some of our unemployed in Portsmouth to where they can get work?

Mr. Isaacs

If the hon. and gallant Gentleman will write to me and explain what he is trying to tell the House. I will give it attention.

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