HC Deb 06 June 1946 vol 423 c2155
48. Major Symonds

asked the Minister of Labour how many more ophthalmic lens workers have been offered Class B release since 7th May; and what is the total number of releases so far completed.

Mr. Isaacs

Since 7th May the number of ophthalmic lens workers for whom offers of release in Class B have been authorised has increased from 74 to 80 and a further 40 names have been forwarded to the Service Departments within the past week. The number reported as released in Class B by 31st May was 27.

Major Symonds

In view of the urgent need for the production of lenses, can my right hon. Friend say whether all men of this kind known to be in the Forces have had the offer of Class B release, or has the offer been restricted to certain groups?

Mr. Isaacs

No, it has not been restricted at all. We rely on the firms engaged in this type of work to give us the names of the men. We have been given 120 names, and we are anxious to get another 30 as a minimum.