HC Deb 26 February 1958 vol 583 cc352-3
18. Mr. Janner

asked the Minister of Labour how many new mobile employment exchanges he is proposing to set up to replace permanent exchanges; what will be the saving in cost; and whether he is satisfied that the work carried out by them will not suffer.

Mr. Carr

One mobile employment exchange will be put into service in April, 1958, on an experimental basis. It will operate in ten small towns and villages around Fakenham (Norfolk), seven of which have not previously had local facilities. Three full-time offices in the area will be closed during the experimental period of one year. The cost is not expected to exceed that of the present services, and may prove less. It is my hope that the experiment will provide this area successfully with a better service than at present.

Mr. Janner

Will the hon. Gentleman say whether he will at a later stage give a report to the House on the result of the experiment, so that the matter may be properly investigated before we go any further?

Mr. Carr

Certainly; I assure the hon. Gentleman that that is our purpose in making the experiment. We can only find out by trying whether a better service can be given.

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