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Skilled Men

Volume 415: debated on Thursday 1 November 1945

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asked the Minister of Labour if he will take steps to prevent trained engineers and other trained men from being posted to useless positions in the Forces.

I assume that my hon. Friend is referring to the call-up for general service of men in certain engineering and other occupations. I cannot agree that any particular class of men should be exempt from military service on the grounds that they are not immediately required for service in a trade capacity. If such a proposal were adopted it would be impossible to meet the manpower requirements of the Armed Forces.