asked the Minister of Labour whether, in deciding upon the inclusion in, or exclusion from, the Schedule provided by the Essential Work (General Provisions) Order, 1941, of a motor-vehicle repair undertaking, he has due regard to the potential requirements for maintenance of mechanical transport as well as to the existing requirements; whether, before a decision is arrived at, the undertaking, its premises and its work in hand, are inspected and, if so, by whom; whether there is any right of representation on behalf of a motor-vehicle repairer on an application for inclusion in the Schedule, and, if so, to whom; whether there is any right of appeal by an aggrieved motor-vehicle repairer from an adverse decision by his Ministry, and, it so, to whom?
In deciding whether a motor-vehicle repair undertaking should be Scheduled under the Essential Work Order my Department acts in consultation with the Ministry of War Transport. Undertakings which wish to be Scheduled may make application to the Regional Transport Commissioner. Due regard is had to the present and potential importance of the undertaking, and, if necessary, it is inspected by the Ministry of War Transport. There is no formal right of appeal against a decision not to Schedule, but my noble Friend and I are prepared to consider representations from an aggrieved undertaking.