HC Deb 28 March 1946 vol 421 cc574-5
58. Major Symonds

asked the Minister of Labour if he will publish at regular intervals the age and service groups reached in block releases under Class B for the various occupations and trades covered by that scheme.

Mr. Isaacs

It is not practicable to adopt this suggestion. Information is not readily available as to the exact age and service groups reached in each Service at any given time. The position is constantly changing according to the number of refusals of release in Class B.

Major Symonds

Will my right hon. Friend look into this again, because if he were to publish such figures at regular intervals, it would save his Department and hon. Members a great deal of correspondence?

Mr. Isaacs

If it is possible to relieve hon. Members of that correspondence, we will certainly do what we can and look at the question again, but the problem is that the different groups and different occupations in the different Services are called out at different times, and it is difficult to get any real parallel. However, I will look into the question again and see if anything can he done.

Mr. Stephen

Will the right hon. Gentleman issue a Government paper showing the position?

Mr. Isaacs

No, Sir. I could not undertake to do that, but I will keep the promise I have already made.