asked the Minister of Labour whether, in connection with the closing of the London, Midland and Scottish Railway shops at Newton Heath, Manchester, and the consequent increase of local unemployment, he is investigating the possibility of transferring at least some of the men concerned to similar work elsewhere?
According to my information, a considerable proportion of the men employed at these works will be offered employment elsewhere by the company, and the discharges that will be necessary will be spread over a period. My hon. and learned Friend may rest assured that every effort will be made by the Employment Exchanges to place in suitable employment, either locally or elsewhere, those workpeople who are not absorbed in the company's other establishments.
Quite recently I have seen a report of the proceedings at a deputation which took place either this morning or yesterday' between the company and the representatives of the men, and the repreesentative of the company says:
About two-thirds of the staff will be given jobs at other centres, and the remaining one-third will be offered jobs in accordance with their service with the company. I think every displaced worker will be offered employment of some kind. We have done our best.
Can the right hon. Gentleman say whether these men will be brought from Scotland to London and offered jobs here, and the London men displaced, and is he aware that that is the usual practice of the railways?
I really could not add to the statement of the representative of the company yesterday, which shows, I think, that the company is doing its utmost to provide these men with other employment.