asked the Parliamentary Secretary to the Ministry of Food whether he has considered a telegram sent from the South Wales and Monmouthshire grocery distributors about the calling up of assistants, both male and female, which is making it almost impossible to carry on; and what steps he intends to take in the matter?
Major Lloyd George:
The matters raised in the telegram sent from the South Wales and Monmouthshire grocery distributors about the calling up of assistants has been considered. Under present arrangements, decisions regarding applications for deferment of employees are taken locally by the Ministry of Labour district man-power boards in consultation with divisional officers of my Department. I can assure my hon. Friend that the need for maintaining adequate means for food distribution is fully appreciated by the Departments concerned.