§ Mr. EMMOTT
asked the Minister of Labour if he is aware that certain posts at the Building Trades Employment Exchange, Tavistock Street, are filled otherwise than by civil servants; and what are the reasons for this?
There are at this Exchange four temporary posts of technical officer for placing work. Candidates for appointment must have practical experience in the building trades and in filling vacancies in these posts the Department have regard to the views as to the technical qualifications of the candidates expressed by the local employment committee, which represents employers and trade unions in the building trades. In view of certain criticisms of a recent appointment to which my attention has been called, I should like to emphasise that these arrangements, though special to this Exchange, are in no way irregular, and that allegations of trade union threats in connection with that appointment are entirely without foundation.