British Minister Promises to Act on Discrimination in Employment

A debate on discriminatory practices in employment in Britain took place in the House of Commons today. It was opened by Sir Barnett Janner who asked Minister of Labor J. B. Godber whether or not he was intending to instruct employment exchanges to discontinue recording the requests of employers who discriminate against candidates on the basis of religion, race or color.

Labor Minister Godber replied that while his local offices register requests containing discriminatory stipulations, several methods have been adopted to discourage employers from continuing their policies of discrimination. The Minister’s promised to withhold the services of the labor exchanges to employers who resist all efforts to make them alter objectionable hiring practices. Sir Barnett Janner’s anti-discrimination views were supported by several Laborite members in the Parliament.

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