20. Major NEWMAN
asked the Minister of National Service whether he is aware of the work that is being done by the firm of Desouther Brothers, 51, Baker Street, W., in the manufacture of special artificial limbs; whether one of the brothers, who alone is able to actually manufacture the limbs, is under notice to join up; and whether, in view of the fact that the work the firm, is doing will 19 have to cease, he will, even having regard to the age and military fitness of the man, grant him a further period of exemption?
§ Mr. BECK
My hon. and gallant Friend's question refers no doubt to the firm of Desoutter Brothers, of 51, Baker Street, who, I understand, are artificial limb makers. The industry is covered by the Schedule of Protected Occupations, and the release for military service of men engaged in it is controlled by the Ministry of Munitions. The Ministry of Munitions, after consultation with the National Health Insurance Commission, have decided that they are not justified in giving further protection to this young man.