§ Lieut. - Colonel CROFT
asked the Minister of Labour whether any steps have been taken to provide opportunities for ex-service men unemployed in this country to undertake harvesting operations in the place of the many thousands of Irishmen who in previous years have come to England at this season; and, if not, whether he will take steps to organise unemployed labour for this purpose?
§ Dr. MACNAMARA
I should doubt whether there will be any large number of cases in which sufficient labour is not available locally. But I will consult with1036W my right hon. Friend the Minister of Agriculture as to whether any special arrangements can usefully be made, beyond those already existing, through the operation of the Employment Exchanges, in connection with which preference is already given to ex-service applicants.