Oral Answers to Questions — Home Employment Schemes

– in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 24th July 1952.

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Photo of Mr Norman Dodds Mr Norman Dodds , Dartford 12:00 am, 24th July 1952

asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will now make a statement as to the action he is taking in respect to organisations purporting to provide well-paid work in the home on payment of a fee, details of which have been sent to him by the hon. Member for Dartford.

Photo of Mr David Maxwell Fyfe Mr David Maxwell Fyfe , Liverpool, West Derby

The hon. Member has sent me particulars of three firms. Criminal proceedings have been instituted against persons concerned with two of them, and it would not be proper for me to comment on cases which are pending before the courts. Inquiries are being made into the activities of the third firm.

Photo of Mr Norman Dodds Mr Norman Dodds , Dartford

While thanking the right hon. and learned Gentleman for that information, may I ask whether he is not aware that every week now evidence comes along about these human vultures who are finding ideal conditions for defrauding people because of the rising cost of living and the desperation of some people to keep out of debt? Will he give an undertaking that this very serious situation has his urgent attention?

Photo of Mr David Maxwell Fyfe Mr David Maxwell Fyfe , Liverpool, West Derby

I have said so, and I repeat it.

Photo of Sir Edward Keeling Sir Edward Keeling , Twickenham

As it appears that circulars offering home employment were sent largely to industrially disabled persons, can the Home Secretary say how these organisation got their names and addresses?