§ The MINISTER of LABOUR (Dr. Macnamara)
My hon. and gallant Friend was so good as to make the suggestion contained in his question to me some days ago, and I at once took care that it should receive the consideration now being given to it.
Will the right hon. Gentleman consider making regulations to compel private employers to reinstate ex-service men in their old employment rather than simply give it to women and temporary civil servants?
§ Dr. MACNAMARA
Broadly, the employers throughout the country have behaved very patriotically. They have absorbed over 5,000,000 men. It is as regards something like 250,000 that my hon. Friend is concerned. I do not think that I could at this moment suggest compulsion—so many have done so well I hope that employment may be found for these men.
§ Sir HARRY BRITTAIN
Can the right hon. Gentleman assure the House that unmarried women who are dependent on their earnings will not be dismissed?