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Ministry Of Labour (Appointments Department)

Volume 415: debated on Thursday 1 November 1945

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asked the Minister of Labour how long applicants for vacancies remain on the active lists of the Appointments Department of his Ministry.

:There is no time limit for applicants dealt with by the Technical and Scientific Register, but where for special reasons, the applicant cannot be found employment within a reasonable time, he is, after consultation with the appropriate Advisory Committee and if he so agrees, transferred to the Appointments Register or the local office register. Persons seeking employment who register at an Appointments Office of the Ministry are required to renew their registrations at intervals of two months. Provided they do this, no time limit is placed on the efforts of Appointments Offices to help them.

Could the right hon. Gentleman say how long is the "reasonable time" to which he has referred?

:It is difficult to say what is a reasonable time, but I am happy to inform the House that we have found a very ready willingness among many employers in different industries to give what help they can in the matter. The trouble is that most of the young men now seeking these appointments are young men who went in early when businesses were very busy, and until these businesses develop there will not be many posts for them. I am happy to say that my officers going about visiting these businesses have found a very great willingness on the part of employers to assist these people.