Vocational and Temperamental Tests.

Oral Answers to Questions — National War Effort. – in the House of Commons at on 12 February 1942.

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Photo of Mr Marcus Samuel Mr Marcus Samuel , Wandsworth Putney

asked the Minister of Labour whether he has considered the successful results of the Humm-Wadsworth tests, as practised at the Lockheed and other plants in the United States of America, with a view to examining the workers for their particular vocational and temperamental aptitudes, particulars of which have been sent to him; and whether he will take steps to build up a similar system here?

Photo of Mr Ernest Bevin Mr Ernest Bevin , Wandsworth Central

In the particulars which my hon. Friend was good enough to send me this system is described as a test of temperament, and I gather that the first of the questions which it puts to candidates for employment is, "Do you prefer bright or conservative colours?" I am advised that the development of temperamental tests in this country is still at an experimental stage and that I should not be justified in urging the adoption of such tests at the present time.

Photo of Mr George Griffiths Mr George Griffiths , Hemsworth

Is it the case that the hon. Member who has put the Question prefers blue to any other colour?

Photo of Mr Marcus Samuel Mr Marcus Samuel , Wandsworth Putney

While thanking the right hon. Gentleman for making a joke of my Question, might I ask whether he is aware that the Lockheed works have found these tests most successful and that the United States Government is not a particularly conservative Government?