HC Deb 18 July 1940 vol 363 c372
9. Major Milner

asked the Minister of Labour whether he is aware that there are large numbers of persons in reserved occupations, and on the Central Register, who are not employed on national work; and whether he will consider freeing those not likely to be required at an early date so as to enable them to join the Armed Forces?

Mr. Bevin

As regards the Schedule of Reserved Occupations, I would refer my hon. and gallant Friend to the reply given to my hon. and gallant Friend, the Member for Lewes (Rear-Admiral Beamish) on 6th June. The inclusion of a person's name on the Central Register does not prevent him from joining the Armed Forces.