asked the Minister of Labour if he is aware that notice has been given at the aero-engine works near Cheltenham, that hostel charges are to be raised from 25s. to 30s a week for men and 20s. to 25s. for women; that people work there from different parts of Monmouthshire; that these charges together with getting home at weekends are more than they can manage and that they would be better off at home on unemployment pay; and if he will take steps to see that the hostel charges remain as at present.
Is my right hon. Friend aware that in Coventry also workers are being discouraged from living in National Service hostels because of the proposed increase in rates? As these hostels were never intended to be self-supporting, would he put the charges back to the original figure?
In reply to the first part of the question, I am not aware of that. I assert that the increased charges are now considerably lower than those for anything comparable with these services elsewhere.