Private Employment Agencies.

Oral Answers to Questions — National War Effort. – in the House of Commons on 19th March 1942.

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Photo of Sir Charles Lyle Sir Charles Lyle , Bournemouth

asked the Minister of Labour whether he can give a list of private employment agencies that have been approved under the Employment of Women (Control of Engagement) Order No. 100; and whether he can indicate what proportion of existing employment agencies are likely to receive approval under that Order?

Photo of Mr Ernest Bevin Mr Ernest Bevin , Wandsworth Central

The agencies which have so for been approved under the Order are as follow:

As regards the second part of the Question, I do not anticipate that this list will be greatly extended.

Photo of Sir Charles Lyle Sir Charles Lyle , Bournemouth

Is it not a fact that almost all the private employment agencies which have applied have been refused approval, and is there really an intention of quietly strangling all these agencies?

Photo of Mr Ernest Bevin Mr Ernest Bevin , Wandsworth Central

I have no intention of strangling anyone. It is a mere question of administration, and I must try to get the best type of machinery I can.

Photo of Mr Thomas Levy Mr Thomas Levy , Elland

In my right hon. Friend's endeavour to get the best type of machinery, why is it necessary to do away with all these agencies? Does he suggest that the Employment Exchange is the best type of machinery for the various kinds of employment?

Photo of Mr Ernest Bevin Mr Ernest Bevin , Wandsworth Central

Considering the Exchanges are transferring to industry nearly 20,000 women a week, I think they are fairly effective.