§ 9. Mr. Gallacher
asked the Minister of Labour whether it is permissible for National Service officers to classify late ness and absenteeism as serious misconduct under the Essential Work Order without having first spoken to the men in question?
§ Mr. Bevin
No, Sir. The Essential Work Orders do not take away the employers' right to discharge a worker 1558 for serious misconduct, and the National Service officer has no jurisdiction in such a case unless the worker has successfully appealed to an appeal board. If alleged lateness or absenteeism is reported to the National Service officer, he is required to supply the worker with a copy of the particulars given by the employer.