Transfer of Workers.

Oral Answers to Questions — Unemployment. – in the House of Commons at on 2 May 1929.

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Photo of Mr Robert Tomlinson Mr Robert Tomlinson , Lancaster

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asked the Minister of Labour if he is aware of the protest made by the Liskeard Rural District Council meeting on the transfer of miners to that area, seeing that there are a number of local unemployed men awaiting the opportunity to secure work; and whether he will take steps to see that miners are not transferred to localities already burdened with unemployment?

Photo of Sir Henry Betterton Sir Henry Betterton , Rushcliffe

I am not aware of the protest referred to. With regard to the second part of the question, I would refer the hon. Member to the reply given to him on this subject on the 14th March.

Photo of Mr Wilfred Paling Mr Wilfred Paling , Doncaster

In cases like this, where miners are transferred to a district and meet with vigorous protests because they are supposed to be supplanting other unemployed people, and they refuse work under those conditions, can the hon. Gentleman say what happens to them? Are they denied benefit?

Photo of Sir Henry Betterton Sir Henry Betterton , Rushcliffe

I do not think that that arises out of the question on the Paper, but the answer to it, of course, is that it would be a matter in each case for the consideration of the statutory authority.

Photo of Mr Robert Tomlinson Mr Robert Tomlinson , Lancaster

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asked the Minister of Labour whether any transferred miners have been registered as unemployed at the Devonport and Plymouth Employment Exchanges, respectively?

Photo of Sir Henry Betterton Sir Henry Betterton , Rushcliffe

I am having inquiries made and will send the hon. Member such information as is available.