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Industrial Employees

Volume 415: debated on Thursday 1 November 1945

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asked the Minister of Labour how many men, apart from youths of 18 years of age, who were previously employed in industry, it is intended to call up to the Armed Forces during each quarter of 1946.

I am not yet in a position to announce the numbers to be recruited for the Forces next year.

May I ask if the Minister is aware that the calling-up, now that the war has ceased, of these boys of 18, and taking them away from their studies and apprenticeships, has a very detrimental effect both on their education and on industry?