HC Deb 20 February 1941 vol 369 c261
1. Mr. Mander

asked the Minister of Labour whether he is aware of the difficulty being experienced owing to the shortage of bricklayers labourers for working in conjunction with bricklayers and that no provision is made for them in the Schedule of Reserved Occupations; and what steps are being taken to remedy this position in view of the fact that building trade workers are being released from military service for urgent work?

The Minister of Labour (Mr. Ernest Bevin)

An arrangement has been in force for some time under which building trades workers, including bricklayers labourers, employed on work of great importance, including the first-aid repair of houses damaged by air raids, have been granted deferment of their calling up for military service. Certain other proposals in this connection are at present being considered.

Mr. Mander

Can my right hon. Friend say when he will be in a position to make a statement about the other proposals?

Mr. Bevin

The matter is not entirely in my hands. I have to deal with the Industry.