One of the standing rules relating to employment by the royal ordnance factories forbids employés to keep or hold a licence for, or in any way assist in conducting, a public house or beer house, pawn shop, or marine store dealer's shop or bookmaking business. My right hon. Friend has recently considered suggestions for relaxation, in the light of the present urgent demand for labour, but as the additional labour which would become available would be comparatively small, it seemed that any arguments for modification of this salutary rule did not outweigh those in favour of its retention. I am sending the hon. Member a copy of the rule referred to.
On reflection, I think my hon. Friend will see a number of reasons for this good rule. In regard to the first part of the Supplementary Question, my right hon. Friend is aware of the existing circumstances.