HC Deb 24 February 1948 vol 447 c1776
84. Mr. Randall

asked the Minister of Labour whether in view of the grave shortage of manpower in the textile industry, it is intended to defer call-up under the National Service Act for workers in all sections of the industry and whether releases under Class B will be favourably considered.

Mr. Isaacs

No, Sir; but I have arranged to suspend for six months the calling up of individual productive workers in the spinning, doubling and weaving sections of the cotton industry whose immediate withdrawal would seriously interfere with production and for whom substitutes are not available. As regards the last part of the Question, there is no Class B release scheme for men who were called up in 1947 and 1948 for fixed periods of service.