HC Deb 27 October 1919 vol 120 cc319-20W

asked the Minister of Labour whether he has any knowledge of firms retaining in their employ men of independent means in preference to employing men at present out of work; and whether his Department have taken any action in this matter?


There have been a few cases in which complaint has been made to the local employment committees that men with some other source of income were being employed on work which might have been done by men who are out of employment and particularly by ex-Service men. Where the local employment committee so advises, these cases are taken up by the local officials of the Ministry with the employer concerned. The hon. Member will appreciate, however, that the Ministry have no power to exercise compulsion in the matter.