HC Deb 14 June 1945 vol 411 cc1747-8
1. Mr. Cocks

asked the Minister of Labour whether he is aware of the shortage of labour in the laundry industry; and whether he has considered releasing some of the workers now being retained in munition and other factories with little or no work to relieve this situation.

The Minister of Labour (Mr. Butler)

I am aware of this shortage, which exists in many other industries also. The highest priority has been given to the most urgent of the demands. Suitable labour which can be made available from factories and elsewhere will be used to relieve the shortage.

Mr. Cocks

Is the right hon. Gentleman not aware that some labour supplied to this industry during the Election might possibly result in having less dirty linen to wash?

Mr. Glenvil Hall

Is the right hon. Gentleman also aware that the industry itself needs drastic overhauling? Charges have gone up excessively and there is no delivery at all.