HC Deb 14 June 1915 vol 72 c487

asked the Prime Minister if, in order that labour may be liberated and material made available by which the pressing requirements of the State may be fulfilled as expeditiously as possible, if the powers under the Defence of the Realm Act are not adequate, he will introduce legislation so as to empower the Government to restrict all work of a constructive or manufacturing character, when it is deemed that the labour and material required for such work could be utilised at the present juncture to better advantage?

The PRIME MINISTER (Mr. Asquith)

The question of utilising to the best advantage all labour and material suitable for the production of munitions of war is receiving the earnest consideration of His Majesty's Government, and they will not fail to ask for any further legislative powers that may be found necessary for the purpose.