British Empire Exhibition, Wembley.

Oral Answers to Questions — Unemployment. – in the House of Commons on 6th April 1922.

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Photo of Mr Oswald Mosley Mr Oswald Mosley , Harrow

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asked the Minister of Labour whether, having regard to the fact that large numbers of workmen are unemployed in Wembley and that no relief scheme has been started there, he will give instructions that in allocating workmen for the construction of the British Empire Exhibition at Wembley priority be given to local unemployed workmen?

Photo of Mr Thomas Macnamara Mr Thomas Macnamara , Camberwell North West

In submitting men to the contractors for employment at Wembley, the Exchanges will select those applicants who are industrially most suitable, subject to the usual preference for ex-service men. I cannot undertake that residents at Wembley shall have any special priority, but, in the nature of things, they would, presumably, have a better chance of obtaining this employment than residents elsewhere.

Photo of Mr Oswald Mosley Mr Oswald Mosley , Harrow

Why, in the nature of things, would the local men have a better chance?

Photo of Mr Thomas Macnamara Mr Thomas Macnamara , Camberwell North West

Because they are handy. It seems a rather sensible suggestion.

Photo of Mr Oswald Mosley Mr Oswald Mosley , Harrow

Will the right hon. Gentleman give instructions that they should have priority?

Photo of Mr Thomas Macnamara Mr Thomas Macnamara , Camberwell North West

I cannot do that, but, obviously, being there on the spot, they will probably have a better chance.