HC Deb 19 September 1940 vol 365 cc209-10W
Sir A. Baillie

asked the Minister of Labour whether his attention has been called to the difficulties of butchers in obtaining an adequate supply of skilled craftsmen to carry out various operations which are essential for the distribution, if the rationing scheme for meat is to function successfully; and whether he will revise the schedule of reserved occupations with a view to overcoming these difficulties?

Mr. Bevin

In consultation with my right hon. Friend the Minister of Food I have kept this matter under review. Butchers and cutters are reserved at age 30 and slaughtermen at age 25. I am not satisfied that reservation at lower ages would be justified.