HC Deb 24 March 1944 vol 398 c1218W
Sir W. Smiles

asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will follow the example of Field-Marshal Smuts and give orders that Government Departments will not engage anyone until they have made sure that no suitable discharged Service man or woman is available for the job.

Sir J. Anderson

I do not think that in the present condition of acute labour shortage any question of preference arises. Departments in general are unable to fill all their vacancies.