HC Deb 05 December 1922 vol 159 c1562W

asked the Minister of Labour whether he is aware that large numbers of persons waiting at Employment Exchanges and at pay stations are kept for long periods waiting, in queues out of doors; and whether, in view of the inclemency of the weather and of the scanty manner in which such persons are clothed, he will endeavour to secure adequate shelter for them?


I am afraid we cannot undertake to provide shelter beyond that available on the Exchange premises. These premises include a large number of temporary premises, which are being made use of during the present severe unemployment. I would point out, however, that if applicants attend at the times at which they are asked to be present they need hardly ever wait more than about half-an-hour. Any longer wait almost invariably arises from applicants attending before the proper time.

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