§ Mr. Groves
asked the Minister of Labour whether he is aware that man-power, which may be required in maintaining the commercial life of the nation, is being called up before an opportunity has been given to consider applications by the firms involved under Groups II and IV; and whether he will give consideration to this matter?
§ Mr. Bevin
Admission to the Register of Protected Establishments, for which provision is made in the revised Schedule of Reserved Occupations and Protected Work, only affects the reservation position of men in occupations for which two ages of reservation appear in the Schedule and who are between the two ages. A public announcement is being made immediately explaining that it is not intended to call up any such men until decisions have been reached on their employers' applications for admission to the Register of Protected Establishments and, that, in any case, even where the men concerned become de-reserved because the applications are rejected, they will not be required to attend for medical examination before 1st July, the date on which State B is reached. I am not aware that there has been any departure from these arrangements.