Territorials (Camp Service).

Oral Answers to Questions — Unemployment. – in the House of Commons on 6th July 1939.

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Photo of Mr Walter Windsor Mr Walter Windsor , Kingston upon Hull Central

asked the Minister of Labour whether he will have inquiry made into the case of an unemployed man, named Jackman, of 14, David's Terrace, Spynes Street, Hull, who, having been directed to an employer by the Hull Employment Exchange, was informed that members of the Territorial Army could not be engaged; and whether he will take steps to ensure that unemployed men, liable for camp service as Territorials, shall not on that account be deemed unsuitable for employment?

Photo of Mr Ernest Brown Mr Ernest Brown , Leith

I have made inquiries and find that on 15th June, Mr. Jackman and others were sent by the local Employment Exchange for interview by an employer who had notified vacancies for which they appeared to be suitable. When Mr. Jackman informed the employer that he was due to go to camp with his Territorial unit on 9th July he was told that he would not be engaged but that he would be favourably considered for any suitable vacancy available on his return from camp.

Photo of Mr Emanuel Shinwell Mr Emanuel Shinwell , Seaham

Does the right hon. Gentleman regard as satisfactory a state of affairs that men who are about to join the Territorial Army should be refused employment? Does he propose to take any action in the matter?

Photo of Mr Ernest Brown Mr Ernest Brown , Leith

The firm concerned are the Ideal Boilers, Ltd., Hull, and I am communicating with them.