§ Captain Plugge
asked the Minister of Labour whether he can state the number of men engaged in factories processing milk; and whether any of these men are regarded as key employés and entitled to exemption from Army service?
§ Mr. E. Brown
The number of men engaged in factories processing milk is estimated to be about 10,000. All men of and over the age of 30 (other than labourers) engaged in productive processes in milk and condensed milk processing are reserved under the schedule of reserved occupations.
§ Sir E. Makins
asked the Minister of Labour whether, in view of the fact that expert cheese makers have to undergo a minimum three-years' course of instruction, and then need additional years of practical experience, he will consider lowering the age of reservation of such key men in the industry.