§ 4. Mr. Tinker
asked the Minister of Labour whether he will give the number of undertakings now scheduled under the Essential Work Orders; and how many people are now working under it?
§ Mr. Bevin
By 18th July, 1941 (the latest date for which figures are available) 10,409 undertakings had been scheduled under the various Essential Work Orders, excluding the Essential Work (Merchant Navy) Order, which schedules the Merchant Navy as a whole. As regards the second part of the Question the number is large. It would not be in the public interest to give more precise information.
§ Mr. Tinker
From the reports which my right hon. Friend gets, is it working fairly satisfactorily now?
§ Sir Joseph Lamb
Is it confined to businesses only; have public social services the right to make application?