HC Deb 23 August 1945 vol 413 cc766-7
6. Major Guy Lloyd

asked the Minister of Labour whether he is aware that a large number of workers in war factories at present have little or nothing to do; and whether he intends to put an end to this enforced idleness at an early date, in view of the great demand for labour in many other industries.

Mr. Isaacs

I am not aware that the position is as the hon. and gallant Member suggests, but if he has any specific cases in mind, I should be glad to look into them. As regards the second part of the Question, as announced by the Prime Minister on 16th August, it is hoped to release about 1,000,000 workers from war production over the next eight weeks.

Major Studholme

In view of the large number of women in the Services who have little or nothing to do, what steps is the right hon. Gentleman taking to secure their release at the earliest possible moment, and thus help the hard-pressed retailers and the unfortunate housewives who have to stand in queues, largely because there are not sufficient assistants in the shops?