HC Deb 27 April 1944 vol 399 c905
6. Mr. Edgar Granville

asked the Minister of Labour the present position of members of dance bands; are they classed as essential war workers; and, what is their position when they refuse to make their services available to the B.B.C. for broadcasting.

Mr. Bevin

Members of dance bands are not classed as essential war workers. The engagement of dance bands for broadcasting is a matter of arrangement between them and the B.B.C, and any obligation of this kind would be taken into account as regards any proposed transfer to other work.

Mr. Granville

Does that mean that these dance bands are free to choose between playing in a West End restaurant, and broadcasting for millions of listeners, as their contribution to the war effort?

Mr. Bevin

Yes, Sir. I have not undertaken the direction of dance bands; I beg my hon. Friend not to put that one on me.