§ 12. Mr. R. C. Morrison
asked the Minister of Labour whether he is aware that approximately 30 per cent. of upholsterers are unemployed or on part-time; and as this trade is included in the list of reserved occupations, can he indicate where employment can be found for these men?
§ 20. Mr. McEntee
asked the Minister of Labour whether he is aware that upholsterers over 30 years of age are being refused admission to the Auxiliary Fire Service, and as air-raid wardens, stretcher-bearers, or in demolition squads, because they are in a reserved occupation; and as unemployment in this trade is high, and chances of employment remote, will he take such action as will enable such men, where qualified, to be employed in air-raid precautions services?
§ Mr. E. Brown
The Schedule of Reserved Occupations does not prevent any person from entering any employment except, in the cases of persons affected by the schedule, employment in the Defence Services. I do not think that the position of upholsterers under the schedule should be changed at the present time, but I am keeping the whole situation under constant review. If the facts warrant a change, it is always possible.
§ Mr. R. C. Morrison
Is the right hon. Gentleman aware that upholsterers have been removed from positions in the Civil Defence Services because they are in the Schedule of Reserved Occupations?