HC Deb 13 March 1947 vol 434 cc1484-5
45. Mr. Cooper

asked the Prime Minister if, in view of the economic position of the country, he will consider making a statement regarding a substantial modification and curtailment of the Government's conscription proposals, including exemption for all men willing to take up work in agriculture, iron and steel, and such other essential industries that in time of war would be required to be equally well manned with trained men ready for immediate action as would be the Armed Forces.

The Lord Privy Seal (Mr. Arthur Greenwood)

I have been asked to reply. I have nothing to add to the reply which my right hon. Friend the Prime Minister gave to my hon. Friend the Member for Gateshead (Mr. Zilliacus) on 11th March.

Mr. Cooper

In view of the Government's recognition of the changed economic position compared with that obtaining when the conscription announcement was first made, would consideration be given to this principle being applied to those engaged in other basic and essential industries?

Mr. Greenwood

Miners and other groups of workers are not being called up, as was laid down in the White Paper to which my right hon. Friend referred the other day. I think we must leave it there. This is not a convenient subject for Question and answer, but one for Debate.

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