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Electrical Repair Workers

Volume 388: debated on Wednesday 7 April 1943

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asked the Minister of Labour whether he is aware that under the new registration requirements about 75 per cent. of the staffs of electrical firms will be withdrawn from their employment; that this will entail delay in repairs for domestic users of electricity who employ electrical washing machines, electric irons, etc., and who now find that launderers will not accept any further customers; and whether he will ensure that such repairs will be executed with the minimum of delay?

I would refer my hon. Friend to my right hon. Friend's reply to a Question by the hon. and gallant Member for Penryn and Falmouth (Major Petherick) on 25th March of which I am sending her a copy. My right hon. Friend does not expect that it will be necessary to withdraw from any one branch of industry a large proportion of the men registered under the Specified Classes of Persons (Registration) Order and now employed in that branch of industry. Industrial needs will be taken fully into account before withdrawals are made.