§ Captain Profumo
asked the Minister of Labour what is the position under the Schedule of Reserved Occupations of those men at present transferring from the boot and shoe industry to work in the iron-ore quarries as the result of his recent appeal?
§ Mr. Bevin
Men of military age at present available for calling up are not being transferred to work in these quarries, but owing to the urgent need there for certain classes of labour men of military age who become dereserved at stage C transferring to this employment will not for the time being be called up for military service. The position will be further considered in a few months' time. I may add that any men of suitable physique who are asked by the employment exchanges to undertake this work may feel assured that in doing so they are assisting the war effort quite as fully as if they joined the Armed Forces.