Instructional Factory, Spring Bank, Hull.

Oral Answers to Questions — Ex-Service Men. – in the House of Commons on 17th May 1922.

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Photo of Commander Hon. Joseph Kenworthy Commander Hon. Joseph Kenworthy , Kingston upon Hull Central

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asked the Minister of Labour whether it is proposed to close down the Government instructional factory at Spring Bank, Hull, and to transfer the trainees to Leeds; if so, whether he will state the reasons for this step; whether he has considered the great inconvenience which this will cause to the trainees, and especially to married men with families; and whether he will consent to receive a deputation on the subject before the factory is finally closed?

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

There has been no decision as yet to close this factory, but its continuance depends upon the rate at which the trades in Hull are prepared to pass men into training. I will certainty receive a deputation on the matter if so requested.

Photo of Commander Hon. Joseph Kenworthy Commander Hon. Joseph Kenworthy , Kingston upon Hull Central

While thanking the right hon. Gentleman for the last part of his answer, may I ask whether there is a large waiting list in the locality waiting for admission to this factory?

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

We have some 29,000 throughout the country, and I imagine that there is a considerable number in that district.

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

The work is in the hands of the local technical advisory committee. They tell us how many men can be admitted, having regard to the possibilities of future employment. During.a time of great depression they make that number fewer and fewer. If my hon. and gallant Friend, the next time he is in Hull, will use his persuasive powers with the local technical advisory committee, I shall be very much obliged to him.