§ Major GLYN
asked the Minister of Labour what number of seasonal workers have come from Ireland to work at the potato harvest or as fish workers at northern ports; whether this work was made available for local unemployed; what steps have been taken by the 1274W Ministry to draw the attention of Employment Exchanges to the prospects of work of this character; and what report has been made by the managers of the result of such notice?
§ Miss BONDFIELD
No information is available as to the number of workpeople who come to this country from Ireland for seasonal work of the kind referred to by the hon. and gallant Member. My Department makes every effort to put suitably qualified unemployed workpeople in this country in touch with this employment. Their ability to do this necessarily depends on the extent to which the employers concerned notify their vacancies to the Employment Exchanges, and it is the practice every year to draw the attention of employers of seasonal labour to the facilities for engaging labour offered by the Employment Exchanges. I am not yet in a position to give particulars of the number of workpeople placed in such employment this year.