Youth Organisations (Part Time Voluntary Workers).

Oral Answers to Questions — National War Effort. – in the House of Commons on 22nd January 1942.

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Photo of Sir Herbert Butcher Sir Herbert Butcher , Holland with Boston

asked the Minister of Labour whether, in the case of part-time voluntary workers in the recognised youth organisations who are reserved at the age of 25, or over, by reason of their occupation, he will take steps to secure their retention in civil life conditionally on remaining in their occupation and continuing their part-time service?

Photo of Mr Ernest Bevin Mr Ernest Bevin , Wandsworth Central

The importance of this form of part-time work is recognised, but the circumstances of different cases vary so much that I cannot lay down any general rule. I can undertake, however, that part-time service for a substantial part of each week by voluntary workers in recognised youth organisations will be taken into account if the facts are made known to the district man-power boards when applications for deferment of the calling-up of such persons are under consideration.

Photo of Sir Herbert Butcher Sir Herbert Butcher , Holland with Boston

While I thank my right hon. Friend for his reply, would he consider the possibility of applying to the heads of recognised youth organisations the right to make representations in the same way as the industrial employer of the man already has under the National Service Act?

Photo of Mr Ernest Bevin Mr Ernest Bevin , Wandsworth Central

I will give consideration to that matter.