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A LABOUR EXCHANGE WANTED In some matters things move slowly in Brecon- shire'. In the early days of the war we drew attention in this column to the lnvaliiable, lielp which Labour Exchanges could render the farmer in the employment of labourers; but, at the same time we pointed out the comparative uselessness of the Exchanges unless the allocation of dis- tricts was materially altered. At last it seems such representations are to go to the proper quar- ter both from the Breconsli-ire War Pensions Committee land from the War Agricultural Com- mittee. From a statement made the last meeting of the former authority it appears the agricultural people find themselves awkwardly placed as regards the engagement of women, which must be done through these Exchanges. At present applicants have to go 1:1 great distance to be interviewed and tiiam return to Brecon to get employment, whereas if a Labour Exchange were established in the centre of the County it would save both time and inconvenience. Precisely the same condition of things obtained when we pre- viously called attention to the matter. It seems hat because of its geographical position Brecon h':i;. been placed in the area of the Merthyr Tydfil Exchange. Anyone cognisant- of the facts must know that this is a mistake. Brecon and Mer- thyr cannot fjupply each others wants in the matter of labour. Talgarth also comes under the same area. If there is to be a local agency only at Biecon it- should be like Hay attached to Hereford. There is not the slightest doubt, IioNi-e-ver, tliat I, the vast agricultural requirements of the Breconshire district, a Labour Exchange is ur- gently needed, and there can be veg-y little question that Brecon is 'the most convenient centre for it. That such has not been established, some flault might attach Ito employers, for weare informed that when Labour Exchange powers were extended TO the local office at Brecon about two years ago, the fact was announced by means of circulars sent to employers in the arm- concerned, and they were urged to make use of the facilities offered. At the, end of twelve mon'jhs it was decided by the authorities that the small number of enquiries put through the office did not justify the continuance of Labour Exchange powers, and Brecon con- sequently reverted to a. local agency. But, as a matter of fact, more vacancies were filled than couul be shown on the returns owing to the neglect of employers engaging men sent to them failing to notify the agency of the engagement. We hope that the .representations now going forward will have the desired effect, for a properly con- 1 stituted Labour Exchange in Broconshirc will be a boon to the Countv. I' ————————————

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