HC Deb 06 March 1951 vol 485 cc45-6W
121. Mr. G. Roberts

asked the Minister of Labour what is his policy in regard to the deferment of boys apprenticed to the bakery trade and if he will make a statement.

Mr. Lee

The grant of deferment has hitherto been limited to apprentices in areas where there is a scheme of apprenticeship training recognised by both sides of the industry in the locality. The general principles of a national scheme were agreed between representatives of the two sides of the industry on 21st February last and will, I understand, be implemented as soon as possible. A young man in any part of the country apprenticed under this scheme will ordinarily be granted deferment on application. Outstanding applications for deferment and applications from men not yet called up, which have been refused under existing deferment rules, will be reconsidered.