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Railways (Vacancies)

Volume 951: debated on Tuesday 13 June 1978

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asked the Secretary of State for Employment what action has been taken by the Manpower Services Commission to help to overcome the shortage of labour, in the light of the statement on 23rd May in Edinburgh of Mr. Sidney Weighell, general secretary of the National Union of Railwaymen, that there were some 10,000 vacancies for railwaymen, which if not filled might lead to British Railways being unable to provide fully effective services.

I am informed by the Manpower Services Commission that when its employment service offices receive notification of vacancies from British Rail recruitment officers these vacancies are brought to the attention of suitable job-seekers and are displayed in self-service sections in appropriate localities.