Oral Answers to Questions — Military Service (Skilled Tradesmen).

– in the House of Commons on 27th January 1942.

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Photo of Mr Irving Albery Mr Irving Albery , Gravesend

asked the Minister of Labour, in view of the fact that many members of the Civil Defence forces are now being called to the colours who were previously employed in a skilled trade, whether he will give instructions that particulars of such former employment shall be obtained and noted?

Photo of Mr George Tomlinson Mr George Tomlinson , Farnworth

All men when called up are interviewed in order to ascertain whether they have any special skill or experience which may affect their posting in the Service which they are joining.

Photo of Mr Irving Albery Mr Irving Albery , Gravesend

Could not they be better employed somewhere else?

Photo of Mr George Tomlinson Mr George Tomlinson , Farnworth

This does not arise when they are called up for the Services.

Photo of Mr Irving Albery Mr Irving Albery , Gravesend

Will the hon. Gentleman have the matter considered? It is of very great importance.

Photo of Mr George Tomlinson Mr George Tomlinson , Farnworth

A man's capacity is inquired into before he joins the Civil Defence Service.