§ Sir W. Smithers
asked the Minister of Labour whether the advertisements in the Press emanating from his Ministry asking for applicants for posts, are paid for by the firms requiring those employees, or by the taxpayer.
§ Mr. Bevin
As my hon. Friend is aware, under certain Orders restricting the engagement of workers, employers are prohibited from advertising vacancies. In these cases if advertising is essential it is undertaken by my Department and the cost borne on public funds, subject to any cost additional to the normal standard being borne by the employer and to the acceptance of offers by employers to bear the cost of standard advertisements either in whole or in part. Where employers are permitted to advertise vacancies no part of the cost falls on public funds.