Oral Answers to Questions — London Employment Agents Federation.

– in the House of Commons on 10th March 1942.

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Photo of Major Basil Peto Major Basil Peto , Birmingham King's Norton

asked the Minister of Labour why, when his Department was consulting employers' organisations regarding Order No. 100, Employment of Women (Control of Engagements), the London Employment Agents Federation, which body has a very large membership of employment agencies, were not included in these consultations; and why no member of this federation has been included in the list of agencies approved by his Department?

Photo of Mr Malcolm McCorquodale Mr Malcolm McCorquodale , Sowerby

Before making the Order my right hon. Friend consulted both sides of industry through the usual channels to satisfy himself that it would be in the interests of war production. No consultation took place with individual associations. If the object of the Order is not to be defeated, the approval of agencies under it must be strictly controlled and must in general be limited to agencies which are in a position to deal comprehensively with the demand for and supply of young women in occupations of a professional or technical character. It should be understood that refusal of approval under the Order implies no adverse reflection on the agency.