§ 52. Mr. James Griffiths
asked the Minister of Labour whether he is aware of the increasing unemployment among workmen transferred by his Department from the depressed areas to the South of England, and, in particular, to the number unemployed due to the decline in the building trades; and whether he is taking steps to assist these transferees to find new work, or, failing that, if assistance will be granted them to move back to their original homes?
§ The Parliamentary Secretary to the Ministry of Labour (Mr. Lennox-Boyd)
I have no information which would suggest that workers who have transferred from areas of heavy unemployment to the South of England have been specially affected by any decline in employment that may have occurred in particular districts. The normal service of the Employment Exchanges for finding work for the unemployed is available for transferees on the same basis as for other workers. If they find employment in their home areas the usual facilities for advance of fares are given.