Tube Extensions and Wembley Exhibition.

Oral Answers to Questions — Unemployment. – in the House of Commons on 31st July 1922.

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Major MALONE:

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asked the Minister of Labour whether he is aware that capable unemployed men who are registered on the Tottenham Employment Exchange have been refused employment on the tube extensions and also on the exhibition buildings now in course of erection at Wembley; and will he use his influence to see that those men are fairly treated?

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

Any measures taken by the Department must be dependent on the notification of vacancies to the Employment Exchanges. Arrangements for such notification were made at the outset with the contractors concerned, but so far very few vacancies have been notified. I am making further inquiry.

Lieut.-Colonel J. WARD:

Is it not a fact that there are plenty of capable men applying directly on the works for this work, and surely the men who usually follow this employment ought to have the first claim?

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

Of course, in any scheme we assist preference must be given to ex-service men.

Lieut.-Colonel WARD:

Then nearly all the navvies are entitled to the job, for they served.