House of Commons Refreshment Department.

Oral Answers to Questions — Government Departments. – in the House of Commons at on 3 July 1924.

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Photo of Mr Walter Baker Mr Walter Baker , Bristol East


asked the right hon. Member for Cheltenham, as Chairman of the Kitchen Committee, whether, seeing that the waiters and other members of the domestic staff employed by the Kitchen Committee of the House of Commons are not insured under the Unemployment Insurance Act, 1920, he will consider the necessity to make other and special arrangements to provide for the period of the long Recess during which they will be unemployed?

Photo of Sir James Agg-Gardner Sir James Agg-Gardner , Cheltenham

In reply to the question of the hon. Member, special arangements are always made by the Kitchen Committee to provide, during the long Recess, for those members of the staff who are in regular employment. The remainder receive suitable notice, and recommendations for other work.

Photo of Mr Walter Baker Mr Walter Baker , Bristol East

Is it regarded as satisfactory that efficient and satisfactory members of the staff of this House should be thrown on to the unemployment market without provision when this House rises for the long Recess?

Photo of Mr John Whitley Mr John Whitley , Halifax

The hon. Member had better read the answer, which was difficult to hear.