§ Mr. WILLIAM THORNE
asked the President of the Board of Trade if he is aware that the manager of the Grimsby Labour Exchange has been supplying men to the local ship and steam trawl owners to fill the places of coal porters who are on strike although notified that a strike was in progress; and whether he proposes to put an end to such action by Labour Exchanges?
I understand that vacancies for coal porters in place of men who had ceased work in Grimsby were notified in the local Press and to the local Labour Exchange. I am informed that the bulk of these vacancies were filled through the former channel. Ten men were engaged through the Labour Exchange. Before such engagement each man was informed of the existence of a strike, in accordance with Section 3 of the Statutory Regulations 1382 under the Labour Exchanges Act. From inquiries I have made I am satisfied that the regulations have been strictly complied with, and I do not propose to take any action.