asked the Minister of Labour (1) whether he has fully considered the representations made by the Chamber of Coal Traders, including the Coal Merchants' Association of Scotland, that depot managers, or wharf clerks, motor-drivers and loaders should be reserved from military service from the age of 25; and has he any statement to make;
(2) whether he has arrived at a decision regarding the age at which coal carters and carriers will be classified as reserved from military service?
§ Mr. Assheton
As my right hon. Friend informed the hon. Member for Ogmore (Mr. E. J. Williams) on 11th April, the matter is under consideration. My right hon. Friend is in communication with my hon. Friend the Secretary for Mines and will announce the decision as soon as possible.