§ Sir R. Gower
asked the Minister of Labour why the Metropolitan labour exchanges have been instructed to direct all available male labour to repairing damaged property; and whether he is aware that much labour is being directed without regard to its suitability or usefulness, so that organisations and firms scheduled under the Essential Work Order are deprived of potential expert workers familiar with their requirements, but largely ignorant of local repair work.
§ Mr. Bevin
It is not the case that all available male labour is being sent by my local offices in the London area to work on the repair of war damaged property. Building workers passing through the Exchanges are sent to this work and certain other workers who have suitable experience, but I am not aware that this is producing the results which my hon. Friend alleges.