HC Deb 08 July 1952 vol 503 cc1066-7
2. Sir I. Fraser

asked the Minister of Labour if he will give particulars of his scheme to send 100 inspectors to British factories to advise managements on the best uses to be made of skilled labour.

Sir W. Monckton

I explained these arrangements in the answer that I gave on 11th March to the hon. Member for Ladywood (Mr. Yates). The number of the inspectors is 58 and not 100 as suggested in the Question.

Sir I. Fraser

Is my right hon. and learned Friend aware that these inspectors were reported in the "Daily Graphic" to be going to arrange for the transfer of redundant people and so on? Is that their purpose?

Sir W. Monckton

They are mainly engineering inspectors and they deal with certain skilled engineering operations for which there is a severe shortage of qualified men. When further men are asked for in particular industries they go and advise what steps can be taken to reduce the call for further men.

Mr. Lee

Would the right hon. and learned Gentleman make quite certain that, in any action taken by the managers in consultation with inspectors, trade unionists in the factory have the opportunity to discuss the matter with the managers?

Sir W. Monckton

Yes, Sir.

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