§ 17. Mr. EVELYN CECIL
asked the Minister of Munitions what systematic 520 scheme, if any, has been arranged to determine which men will be released from the Colours in order to return to munition work; and what action or principle has been decided upon for protecting firms or undertakings doing work essential to the production of munitions from losing by enlistment men whom they cannot replace?
§ The MINISTER of MUNITIONS (Mr. Lloyd George)
As regards the first part of the question, a definite scheme has been adopted for allowing men of skilled trades of which there is a shortage to be released from their military duties to undertake work on the production of munitions, and the necessary instructions are being issued to-day. The matter referred to in the second part of the question is engaging my earnest attention, in consultation with the Secretary of State for War.
§ Mr. SHERWELL
Are the returns to be limited to those engaged strictly in the manufacture of munitions, or are they to be available to other manufacturers employed on Government work?
§ Mr. LLOYD GEORGE
I cannot at the moment recollect. I know, as far as my Department is concerned, we are getting a full return of all those engaged in the kind of work we are doing, and I think if refers also to all engaged in Admiralty work. Perhaps my hon. Friend will put a question down.
§ Mr. EVELYN CECIL
Can the right hon. Gentleman shortly make an announcement as regards the second part of the question?
§ Mr. MILLAR
Will my right hon. Friend consider placing the names of all firms and all undertakings which at present could afford assistance to the nation in connection with the War on some definite lines, so that the War Office may have that before them when they are considering the question of securing recruits?
§ Mr. LLOYD GEORGE
I think, on the whole, that question had better be addressed to the War Office. Recruiting is in their Department, and, although it affects mine, I think it ought to be addressed to them in the first instance.