HC Deb 08 July 1941 vol 373 cc20-1
39. Captain Strickland

asked the Minister of Labour for what reason a distinction is made in the Schedule of Reserved Occupations between an indoor and outdoor wholesale salesman; and whether he is aware that the younger indoor salesmen could be made available for National Service by replacing them with the older outdoor representatives?

The Joint Parliamentary Secretary to the Ministry of Labour (Mr. Assheton)

Wholesale salesmen who were under 35 years of age when they were due to register for military service have been or are being called up. The only wholesale salesmen reserved at present under the Schedule are the inside representatives aged 35 and over, employed in a manufacturing or wholesale distributive establishment. The question whether their continued reservation is necessary is under consideration. It is not considered necessary to reserve any men of military age as outdoor representatives or commercial travellers.