HC Deb 31 July 1918 vol 109 cc449-50W

asked the Minister of Labour (1) whether his Department is willing to consider with the local authorities measures to alleviate the unemployment in the potteries due to the cutting down of the coal supplies to the potworks; and (2) whether his Department is concerned with unemployment caused by the War or only with trade disputes?


The consideration of the steps to be taken to deal with unemployment caused by the War falls within the functions of the Ministry of Labour. As regards the Potteries, I am in communication with the National Council of the Pottery Industry in order to ascertain their views with regard to the matter, and will bear in mind the hon. Member's suggestion with regard to consultation with the local authorities should the necessity arise for taking special measures to alleviate unemployment.