§ 68. Mr. DUNCAN MILLAR
asked the Minister of National Service if he can state approximately the proportion of men engaged in luxury or non-essential trades who at present hold exemption certificates, and the number of men he expects to obtain from this source under the Military Service Bill?
§ Mr. BECK
The number of men of military age who are engaged in non-essential trades is under half a million. This figure includes a large number of men who are not fit for general service. It is hoped, however, to recruit from this section of men, before the end of September this year, considerably over 100,000 men of all categories. The total number of men of all ages in Great Britain engaged in non-essential trades is approximately 2,000,000. It cannot, however, be said that these are all engaged in luxury trades. It must be remembered, too, that many trades which are, as a whole, rightly described as non-essentail may be in part essential.