Labour Colony, Hollesley Bay.

Oral Answers to Questions — Unemployment. – in the House of Commons on 17th May 1922.

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Photo of Mr John Mills Mr John Mills , Dartford


asked the Minister of Labour whether he is aware that 98 men at the Hollesley Bay Labour Colony have returned to London as a protest against the conditions of work; and whether he will make an inquiry into the matter?

Photo of Mr Thomas Kennedy Mr Thomas Kennedy , Kirkcaldy District of Burghs


asked the Minister of Health whether he has been informed of the return, in a body, of nearly 100 men from the Labour Colony, Hollesley Bay, as a protest against the conditions of work there; whether he regards the hours of labour, pay, and general conditions as satisfactory; and whether, since the return of these men will mean that they will most probably become a charge upon the boards of guardians, he will sec that the conditions at the Labour Colony are made at least sufficiently tolerable to induce men to stay there?

Photo of Sir Alfred Mond Sir Alfred Mond , Swansea West

I am aware that a number of men relieved at the Colony have returned to London, and. I am making inquiries into the matter, but on the information at present available I see no reason to criticise the hours of labour, pay and general conditions of the Colony. As regards the last part of the question, I would point out that these men were already in receipt of relief, and have been sent to the Colony at the cost of the guardians.