HC Deb 08 December 1936 vol 318 c1840W

asked the Minister of Labour what the public authorities in South Wales are doing, in collaboration with his Department, to transfer unemployed persons to Norfolk, Lincolnshire and Surrey to meet the shortage of agricultural and garden workers and to train and transfer suitable young persons to fill the vacancies in the catering trades and household services in Middlesex, Surrey, Sussex and Kent; and is he pressing local bodies in South Wales to adopt this method for alleviating distress?


My Department arranges for the transfer of unemployed persons from South Wales and other depressed areas to suitable openings in other parts of the country which cannot be filled locally, though the transfer of men to agricultural work in other districts is not easy. Training in catering and household services is given at centres maintained or assisted by my Department. There are no definite arrangements for collaboration with local authorities in South Wales in these activities, but I should, of course, welcome any assistance they could give.