HC Deb 07 December 1944 vol 406 cc770-1W
Captain Strickland

asked the Minister of Labour whether he will consider giving some priority of demobilisation to the owners of one-man retail shops who involve no necessity for placing in employment but for whom the immediate maintenance or re-opening of their business is essential to protect them against unfair competition of new shops opened up in their absence.

Mr. Bevin

No, Sir. Men will be released from the Forces after the defeat of Germany by age and length of service, with the exception that a limited number will be released out of turn for urgent reconstruction employment. I should not feel justified in proposing a further exception to cover the type of case referred to by my hon. and gallant Friend.