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Military Service (Cinema Technicians)

Volume 390: debated on Thursday 3 June 1943

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asked the Minister of Labour whether, in considering applications for postponement or deferment of military service, technicians engaged in cinema production have their specialist work fully taken into consideration; whether interested Government Departments are consulted in the matter; and whether the advice of these Departments is taken, particularly respecting the avoidance of handicaps to production?

Applications for the deferment of calling-up of men engaged in film production are referred to an independent Advisory Committee which gives careful consideration to their specialist work. Interested Government Departments are afforded the opportunity of making representations to this Committee, and due weight is given to their advice on all matters affecting production.

May I ask my right hon. Friend whether the appropriate trade union is taken fully into consultation?

The Department is in the habit of consulting everybody who asks to be consulted.