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Volume 463: debated on Wednesday 6 April 1949

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asked the Secretary of State for Air what existing custom was relaxed when his Department engaged Mr. T. Campbell as an Air Ministry fitter in October, 1939.

Before the war it was a recognised custom throughout the engineering industry that skilled employment was open only to those who had served an apprenticeship or had had equivalent practical experience. This custom was relaxed under the terms of an agreement made between the Air Ministry and the Amalgamated Engineering Union in October, 1939, and Mr. Campbell is employed in accordance with this agreement.