HC Deb 20 March 1941 vol 370 c265
2. Sir Reginald Blair

asked the Minister of Labour whether his attention has been called to certain advertisements in the Press of nth March, of the Air Ministry and Aircraft Production Department, calling for candidates with certain qualifications, at a considerable salary, and from the age of 21 and 23 years, respectively; and why the services of the necessary candidates of military age are not allocated to the necessary Service department without advertising for them?

The Minister of Labour (Mr. Ernest Bevin)

These advertisements are for civilian personnel. The method of advertisement is the most convenient way of discovering candidates with the necessary qualifications for these posts.

Sir R. Blair

Is the Minister aware that he has not replied to the latter part of my Question? Does he not think it rather unfair to advertise for young men between the ages of 21 and 23 when much older men are making great sacrifices?

Mr. Bevin

It depends on what you want.