HC Deb 25 October 1945 vol 414 cc2197-8
67. Mr. G. Lang

asked the Minister of Labour what steps he is taking to prevent the present call-up to the Services seriously interfering with production for export.

Mr. Ness Edwards

District Man-power Boards have been instructed about the importance of avoiding serious interference with production for export. Employers who are concerned about the call-up of key men are advised to make representations through the Government Department interested in their production.

Mr. Lang

Is my hon. Friend aware that when these representations are made it is such a long time before there are any results that trained men are actually called up, and are employed in pettifogging blind-alley jobs in the Forces?

Mr. Edwards

I should like to see particulars of a case of that sort. In cases of complaint we have stopped action being taken and had an investigation on the spot. If any hon. Member has a similar complaint, we shall be only too glad to have the facts.

Mr. Lang

Will the hon. Member remember that I have submitted such cases and have not had a very satisfactory result?

Mr. Edwards

It is very difficult for the Ministry of Labour to say that a man should be reserved if the Department con- cerned with that form of production is of the opinion that a man should be called up.

Mr. Stokes

Is my hon. Friend aware that the Department concerned is not given enough time to advise the Manpower Board before a decision is taken?

Mr. Edwards

I must correct my hon. Friend. At least a fortnight's notice of a man's call-up is given to the employer.

Mr. De la Bère

Is it not all important that adequate time should be given to the employer so as to avoid dislocation?

Mr. Lang

In view of the reply, I beg to give notice that I shall raise this matter again.