Oral Answers to Questions — Building Trade Workers, London (Unemployment).

– in the House of Commons on 18th February 1942.

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Photo of Mr Robert Morrison Mr Robert Morrison , Tottenham North

asked the Parliamentary Secretary to the Ministry of Works and Buildings whether he is aware that the number of unemployed skilled building trade workers is rapidly increasing in the London area; and whether he has any proposals whereby these men may be employed?

Photo of Mr George Hicks Mr George Hicks , Woolwich East

There has been some increase in unemployment among building crafts men in the London area since September, 1941, due partly to weather conditions. With regard to the second part of the Question, special steps are being taken to find other employment for these unemployed men in the building or other industries.

Photo of Mr Robert Morrison Mr Robert Morrison , Tottenham North

When the special steps are taken, will they be announced as quickly as possible, as it is tremendously difficult for people carrying on propaganda to the effect that not a minute should be wasted when hundreds of skilled workers are signing on at the Employment Exchanges?

Photo of Mr George Hicks Mr George Hicks , Woolwich East

I can assure my hon. Friend that the matter is one of some personal anxiety to me. I have taken it up very actively, and the annnouncement will be made shortly.

Photo of Mr Oliver Locker-Lampson Mr Oliver Locker-Lampson , Birmingham Handsworth

Ought anybody to be unemployed in war-time?