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Wells House Hotel, Ilkley

Volume 465: debated on Tuesday 24 May 1949

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asked the Minister of Labour when he expects the first foreign labour to arrive at Wells House Hotel, Ilkley, which has been vacant for over a year; whether he is able to fulfil the promise which his Department gave recently that Wells House Hotel would be given priority in the allocation of foreign workers; and whether he is aware that certain textile firms in the district are having to refuse foreign order owing to the shortage of women workers.

It now appears that the recruitment of foreign workers under the arrangements referred to in the reply given on 22nd March by my right hon. Friend the Parliamentary Secretary to the hon. Member will not be sufficient to enable the hostel to be filled. It has, therefore, been decided that it will not be required for textile workers, and the premises will be disposed of by the Ministry of Works in accordance with the usual procedure.