Item celebrating 50 years of progress through Labour Exchanges. London.
Item title reads - 50 years progress - Labour Exchanges.
Various shots of the exterior of the new Labour Exchange at Lisson Grove, Marylebone. M/S of the entrance and a man looking at the employment notices on the board. C/U of the vacancies advertised. M/S interior of the Minister of Labour, The Right Honourable Edward Heath, standing at counter watching man being interviewed. M/S Heath, camera pans to man being interviewed. C/U notice - 'Ministry of Labour 1910-1960'.
Montage of library shots show old Labour Exchange with big queue, and high unemployment. C/U sign 'no men wanted'. M/S men queuing, various shots of slum streets. M/S closed shipyards. Various shots of marches to demonstrate against high unemployment. M/S Ernest Bevin. L/S demonstrations. M/S George Lansbury making speech. M/S's of police and demonstrators fighting, a man is arrested and marches down the street. C/U 10 Downing Street. M/S as Jimmy Maxton leads a delegation there. M/S of group talking to Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain. M/S Ellen Wilkinson. Various shots of adults and children queuing up for soup kitchens and coal.
C/U Lord William Beveridge seated on platform at new Labour Exchange. Various shots as he makes a speech about his role in starting the scheme, people applaud. Montage of shots showing situation in 1960 with nearly full employment. L/S people walking to work. M/S's of men operating heavy machinery in factories. M/S of men on their tea break. Various shots of other machinery. Various shots of new new housing estates and blocks of flats.