Oral Answers to Questions — Chimney Sweeping.

– in the House of Commons on 2nd July 1942.

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Photo of Mr Daniel Lipson Mr Daniel Lipson , Cheltenham

asked the Minister of Labour what steps he is taking to make good the shortage of chimney sweeps with its consequent danger to public security during the black-out from chimney fires?

Photo of Mr Ernest Bevin Mr Ernest Bevin , Wandsworth Central

I would refer my hon. Friend to the reply given to the hon. Member for West Leyton (Mr. Sorensen), on 26th March, 1942, by my right hon. Friend the Minister of Home Security, to which I have nothing to add.

Photo of Mr Daniel Lipson Mr Daniel Lipson , Cheltenham

Would the Minister say at what age chimney sweeps are reserved?

Photo of Mr Ernest Bevin Mr Ernest Bevin , Wandsworth Central

I really cannot remember.

Photo of Mr William Thorne Mr William Thorne , West Ham Plaistow

Can my right hon. Friend remember when little boys used to sweep the chimneys?