§ 8. Mr. James Griffiths
asked the Minister of Labour whether arrangements have been made by which labour required at ordnance factories is to be recruited through the agency of the Employment Exchanges; whether there is any age bar to the employment of men at these establishments; and whether any preference is to be given to men long unemployed?
§ Mr. E. Brown
It is the practice for the ordnance factories to use the Employment 1536 Exchanges for the recruitment of labour. As a rule men over 65 years are not engaged, but this rule is relaxed in the case of men who have had previous experience or who are otherwise suitable for the work. While no specific preference is given to men long unemployed, the exchanges will continue to take every opportunity to submit them if they appear to be able to do the work.
§ Mr. Griffiths
Do we gather that there is no lower age ban than 65 years and that the Employment Exchanges are pressing the claims of the long unemployed?