HC Deb 02 November 1939 vol 352 cc2078-9
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?

Mr. Brown

When we survey, as I pointed out to the hon. Member we do regularly, it may be possible in the light of past experience to remedy that matter, as we can do if the necessity is proved.

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