§ 87. Mr. Rhys Davies
asked the Minister of Labour whether he is now in a position to state how many unemployed persons have been found work in connection with the new munition works at Euxton, Chorley, through the Employment Exchanges at Aspull, Blackrod, Hindley, and Westhoughton, respectively; what is the trade union or other recognised wage standard for labouring work at Euxton; and whether imported Irish labourers are receiving that wage?
§ Mr. E. Brown
Out of a total of 370 men placed in employment at this site through the Exchanges seven were placed through the Exchanges mentioned in the question and I am informed that another seven obtained employment by direct application. As regards the second part of the question, I understand that the rate of wages agreed upon by the organisations of employers and workers concerned for navvies and labourers engaged in clearing this site is 1s. 1½d. an hour. As regards the last part of the question, I would point out that the contract contains the usual fair wages clause applicable to Government contracts, and I am not aware that there has been any complaint that the clause is not being observed.
§ Mr. Davies
In view of the small number of workers engaged on these munition works who have been obtained through the Employment Exchanges named in the question, is it not possible to compel a contractor who is doing work for the Government to use Employment Exchanges for the purpose of finding labour instead of bringing men over from Ireland?