HC Deb 20 March 1941 vol 370 cc267-8
9. Mr. Price

asked the Minister of Labour whether he is aware that the raising of the age of reservation to 35 on 1st April of persons employed in the feature and documentary film industry will prevent this industry from functioning for the duration of the war; and whether, in view of the importance of having a portion of the film personnel employed for propaganda on our war effort at home and abroad, he will see what can be done to allow at least a part of this industry to continue?

Mr. Bevin

Before a decision is reached this matter will be considered in all its bearings, including the importance of films from the propaganda point of view.

Mr. Price

Will the right hon. Gentleman bear in mind the importance of this industry from the national war effort point of view? As the age limit is to be raised to 35 on 1st April, there is not much time left, and will he see to it that no precipitate action is taken?

Mr. Bevin

The raising of the age limit to 35 on 1st April does not mean that men will be called up on 2nd April. After the age limit is raised there will be plenty of opportunity for review, but I must remind the hon. Member that preference cannot be given to this section or the other. I have to hold a correct balance.