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Scientists and Engineers

Oral Answers to Questions — Employment – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 27th November 1957.

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Photo of Sir Austen Albu Sir Austen Albu , Edmonton 12:00 am, 27th November 1957

asked the Minister of Labour whether he will consult representatives of industry, the universities and the technical colleges in order to devise a procedure for the interviewing overseas of scientists and engineers who apply for positions in this country.

Photo of Mr Iain Macleod Mr Iain Macleod , Enfield West

Arrangements for interviewing scientists and engineers overseas must, in general, be the responsibility of prospective employers, but I am considering what assistance my Ministry can give.

Photo of Sir Austen Albu Sir Austen Albu , Edmonton

While the attractions of employment in North America are, I think, decreasing at the present time, does not the Minister think that this is a quite serious permanent problem to which the Advisory Council on Scientific Policy has drawn attention, and that it is not only a matter of interest to industry but that the universities and technical colleges are also concerned and some of these need to interview overseas as well?

Photo of Mr Iain Macleod Mr Iain Macleod , Enfield West

Yes, I think that is true. It is a real problem. The Federation of British Industries, among others, is considering what it can do about it and is aware that my Ministry will be very happy to help, if we can.