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Workers' Interviews

Volume 415: debated on Thursday 8 November 1945

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asked the Minister of Labour if he is aware that representatives of some large employers interview unemployed persons at employment exchanges in the presence of a national service officer; and if, as such a practice is likely to unduly influence persons to accept work or conditions of employment which may be regarded as unsatisfactory, he will instruct national service officers not to be present at these interviews.

:I am aware that interviews take place at my local offices at which placing officers are present. My information is that they are both useful and helpful to the unemployed men concerned and to the employers, and I am certainly not prepared to accept the suggestion of undue influence being exercised by my officials in any way.