HC Deb 29 July 1941 vol 373 cc1255-6
68. Mr. Nunn

asked the Minister of Labour whether he will establish tribunals to decide definitely what men shall be reserved as a minimum staff for business and industrial concerns so that arrangements can be made to continue output, bearing in mind that it is difficult for firms to continue their work with any confidence on the basis of temporary exemptions?

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

As at present advised, my right hon. Friend does not think that tribunals are required to deal with this matter. The existing arrangements for the deferment of the calling-up of a limited number of men of military age, who are not reserved under the Schedule of Reserved Occupations and Protected Work, admit of the grant of deferment which may in suitable cases be tantamount to individual reservation. No permanent reservation or deferment of calling-up can, of course, be guaranteed to any man of military age.