Railway Shops, Newton Heath (Discharges).

Oral Answers to Questions — Unemployment. – in the House of Commons on 12th May 1932.

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Photo of Mr Alan Chorlton Mr Alan Chorlton , Manchester Platting

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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?

Photo of Sir Henry Betterton Sir Henry Betterton , Rushcliffe

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.

Photo of Sir Charles Edwards Sir Charles Edwards , Bedwellty

Can the right hon. Gentleman say whether he has any more definite information to give us as to what the company proposes to do in the matter?

Photo of Sir Henry Betterton Sir Henry Betterton , Rushcliffe

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.

Photo of Mr Thomas Groves Mr Thomas Groves , West Ham Stratford

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?

Photo of Sir Henry Betterton Sir Henry Betterton , Rushcliffe

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.

Photo of Mr Alan Chorlton Mr Alan Chorlton , Manchester Platting

Can the right hon. Gentleman say when this particular works was moved into Scotland?

Photo of Sir Henry Betterton Sir Henry Betterton , Rushcliffe

I could not say without notice.