HC Deb 13 July 1965 vol 716 c252
1. Mr. Alison

asked the Minister of Power whether he will issue a general direction, in the public interest, to the Central Electricity Generating Board, requiring that labour employed by its contractors for new power stations be recruited from areas where unemployment levels are above the national average.

The Parliamentary Secretary to the Ministry of Power (Mr. John Morris)

No, Sir.

Mr. Alison

Is the hon. Gentleman aware that this is a very surprising and disappointing Answer? To eschew any sort of direction to the C.E.G.B. in this context is inimical to sound planning. Will he not undertake, when his Ministry is responsible for such huge volumes of national expenditure, that it should exercise some supervision as to how it is deployed regionally and locally?

Mr. Morris

There would be severe practical difficulties in the Board attempting to control where its contractors recruited labour. Such control is not normally exercised by other industries. For the major projects the Board's contractors usually find it necessary to recruit labour from other districts so limiting the effect on the locality concerned.