HC Deb 20 March 1941 vol 370 c269
3. Captain Elliston

asked the Minister of Labour whether, in revising the Schedule of Reserved Occupations, he will safeguard the position of publishers, printers, bookbinders and others concerned with the production of scientific works and educational text books, especially as the increasing export of such publications represents a definite propaganda value as well as substantial advantages in the matter of dollar exchange?

Mr. Bevin

In revising the Schedule of Reserved Occupations, all relevant factors are taken into account, including the importance of the industry or occupation in relation to the export trade.

Captain Elliston

Arising out of that Reply, will my right hon. Friend bear in mind how important it is to ensure early publication of research results and of recent scientific experience likely to assist the war effort?

Mr. Bevin

Consideration is given to every factor. A reserved occupation is not merely an age determination but a job determination as well, and these facts will be taken into consideration in any revision.