HC Deb 05 March 1912 vol 35 cc340-1W

asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies whether he will arrange for the Emigrants' Information Office to remain open until nine o'clock on some nights in the week, to enable the hand-workers to obtain information as to prospects in the Dominions Oversea, without having to forego wages for half a day, with the possibility of dismissal in consequence of having absented themselves from work?


In the early days of the office it was the practice to keep the office open till 8.0 p.m., with a view to in- cluding the leisure time of the working classes, but the arrangement was not found to have any practical effect in attracting inquirers. I am not aware that the question has been discussed in recent years, but I shall be glad to refer the suggestion to the managing committee of the office for their consideration.