HC Deb 25 October 1916 vol 86 c1144W

asked the President of the Board of Trade whether he has received any communications from the Secretary of State for War and the Minister of Munitions in regard to the scheme for replacing single men working on munitions: by men unfit for general service; and, if not, will he state if his Department is responsible for the delay in arranging for this matter to be proceeded with?


The Board of Trade have been in communication on this matter with the two Departments referred to. There has been no avoidable delay, but ith necessarily a difficult and complicated matter to adjust the detailed working of a satisfactory scheme for replacing on a large scale men fit for general service in munitions works and other employment throughout the country. A complete scheme for this purpose has, however, now been arranged, which it is anticipated will come into operation on Monday next.