HC Deb 20 March 1941 vol 370 cc265-6
4. Mr. Denville

asked the Minister of Labour whether, when he considers the reservation of usherettes and operators in cinemas, he will give the same facilities to theatres and music halls where the said usherettes and operators are employed?

Mr. Bevin

The occupation of usherette is not reserved under the Schedule of Reserved Occupations, and no question of according it reservation has arisen. The occupations of chief projectionist and second projectionist are at present reserved at and above the age of 25; and men who are primarily following either of these occupations are reserved, whether they are employed in cinemas, theatres or music halls.

Mr. Robert Gibson

Can the Minister say whether a long course of training is required for usherettes?

Mr. James Griffiths

No. Natural ability is all that is needed.

Mr. Bevin

I am obliged.