Skilled Personnel.

Oral Answers to Questions — National War Effort. – in the House of Commons on 19th February 1942.

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Photo of Sir Patrick Hannon Sir Patrick Hannon , Birmingham Moseley

asked the Minister of Labour whether he will indicate the measures that have been adopted by his Department to secure, without loss of time, the employment of skilled technicians and persons trained in applied science and engineering to appropriate posts in the Defence Services, and thus obviate complaints of waste of skilled man-power?

Photo of Mr Ernest Bevin Mr Ernest Bevin , Wandsworth Central

The primary responsibility for making proper use of skilled personnel rests upon the authority in control of the particular Service. An inquiry into the use of skilled men in the Forces has been made by the Committee whose Report was published yesterday, and the same Committee have also carried out a similar inquiry with regard to the Commissioned ranks.

Photo of Sir Patrick Hannon Sir Patrick Hannon , Birmingham Moseley

Will the Minister do everything in his power to see that persons recruited having special skill and scientific training are allocated as far as possible to services in which they can be useful?

Photo of Mr Ernest Bevin Mr Ernest Bevin , Wandsworth Central

That question should be addressed to the Secretary of State for War.