asked the President of the Board of Trade if he is aware that a considerable number of Birmingham manufacturers producing brass and other goods for priority and other important industries, find it impossible to train the essential number and quality of craftsmen because the War Office continues to call to the Forces such youths as are serving their seven years of apprenticeship; and if he will consult with the Minister of Labour with a view to causing concessions to be granted to such manufacturers.
It is the Government's policy to call up as many young men as possible in order to relieve men who have done a long tour of duty in the war. But it is open to manufacturers on essential work to seek temporary deferment for any highly skilled workers in key posts. If my hon. Friend has particular individuals in mind my right hon. Friend, the Minister of Labour, will be glad to have inquiries made.