HC Deb 31 May 1945 vol 411 c365
74. Mr. C. S. Taylor

asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether, in view of the shortage of skilled plumbers required for reconstruction work and bomb-damage repairs, he will now release men in this trade who are serving in the N.F.S.

Sir D. Somervell

I hope it will be possible shortly to make available for other employment a substantial proportion of the plumbers at present serving in the National Fire Service.

Mr. Taylor

While I thank the right hon. and learned Gentleman for that reply, can he say what he means by "shortly," because this repair work is being held up purely through a shortage of plumbers?

Sir D. Somervell

No, Sir; I cannot say precisely what is meant by "shortly," but we will get on with it as quickly as we can.