HC Deb 23 July 1918 vol 108 c1660W

asked the Minister of National Service if he will define the term "munitions" as used in the Schedule of protected certificates; whether a firm or a workman would be described as engaged on munitions in cases where 75 per cent. of their production is Government orders; and what commodities are included in the term "munitions" apart from guns and shells?


I have been asked to reply to this question. The Schedule of Protected Occupations applies to munitions work as defined in the Munitions of War Acts, but only within the industries indicated in the Schedule. Firms in such an industry, 75 per cent. of whose production is munitions work, may, with the consent of the Ministry of National Service, be placed upon the coded list of firms whose employés may receive protection under the Schedule. The industries covered by the Schedule include the production of many commodities besides guns and shells. A list of these occupations is given in the Schedule, a copy of which I will send my hon. Friend.