asked the Minister of Labour, whether, in view of the fact that Employment Exchanges do not supply labour unless the proper district rates and other conditions are to be observed, any measures are taken to ensure that before an employer can obtain labour through the medium of an Exchange he guarantees that the proper trade union rates and conditions will be observed by him?
The practice of the Employment Exchanges is not as described by the hon. Member. Their procedure is to bring to the notice of applicants for work the terms and conditions offered by employers. For these they take no responsibility. They are, however, in a position to give applicants information as to district rates and conditions. The hon. Member will understand that grave difficulty might arise if the procedure which he suggests were followed, but it will have my consideration.