§ 17. Mr. Leslie
asked the Minister of Labour what information the Government have on the general scale of fees charged by employment agencies conducted with a view to private profit; and whether the Government are yet in a position to ratify the Convention of 1933, providing for the abolition of fee-charging employment agencies conducted with a view to private profit?
§ Mr. E. Brown
The information asked for in the first part of the question is not available. The hon. Member will realise that the fees charged by private employment agencies vary according to the type of agency and the type of employment, and I am not aware of any general scale. The answer to the second part of the question is "No, Sir."
§ Mr. Leslie
What powers have local authorities to limit these fees which are, in many cases, extortionate and an exploitation of the unemployed persons; and why not ratify the convention which would abolish these agencies within a period of three years?