HC Deb 18 March 1952 vol 497 c2086
4. Mr. John E. Crowder

asked the Minister of Labour if he will now issue an up-to-date schedule of occupations which would be reserved in the event of a national emergency.

Sir W. Monckton

I do not think it would serve any useful purpose to publish a schedule of reserved occupations now, when we do not know when, if ever, it is likely to be required, or what the circumstances of the time might be. Preparatory work on a tentative schedule is in hand, but it cannot at this stage be put into its final form to fit unknown conditions at some unknown date in the future.

Mr. Crowder

Can my right hon. and learned Friend say whether he will be calling up for National Service people whom he is quite certain would not be called up in the event of any national emergency?

Sir W. Monckton

I find it very difficult to tell my hon. Friend who would or would not be called up until I know the exact nature of the emergency. I cannot, therefore, answer that.