HC Deb 18 December 1945 vol 417 cc1105-6
43. Mr. William Adams

asked the Minister of Labour to what extent it is the practice when listing personnel for Group B block release for the building trade to ignore those Servicemen described as general foremen.

Mr. Isaacs

Men described as general foremen are not ignored in the selection of men for release in Class B to the building industry. The Service records do not distinguish between general foremen and carpenters' foremen, and these two occupations are therefore combined for impartial selection in age and service order up to the number required.

Mr. Adams

Will my right hon. Friend give further consideration to that matter, because the term "general foreman" is distinctly a building term and has a special meaning in that trade?

Mr. Isaacs

We have to rely upon the descriptions as they are recorded in the Service books, but I will look into it and see what can be done.