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Building Workers

Volume 415: debated on Thursday 1 November 1945

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asked the Minister of Labour the method of operation of Class B block releases of building workers from His Maesty's Forces; which Department makes and presents the lists of the men where release is recommended; how such lists are prepared; and what is the order of priority.

I would refer my hon. Friend to the statement I made on 11th October on the procedure for release, from the Forces in Class B, a copy of which I am sending him.

Will the Minister investigate the possibility of giving some prior indication to the men of the probable date when they are likely to be released similar to the procedure adopted in the case of Class A releases?

Is the Minister aware that the procedure is not working well, and that there are a great number of key men like hand tile moulders who cannot be released, and will he look into the whole process of Class B releases?

I cannot accept the suggestion that the procedure is not working well. It is taking time to get into its stride, but many of the difficulties are due to incorrect designations of the people applied for.