Skilled Employment.

Oral Answers to Questions — Royal Air Force. – in the House of Commons on 15th July 1942.

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Photo of Sir Waldron Smithers Sir Waldron Smithers , Chislehurst

asked the Secretary of State for Air whether his attention has been called to a case in the Windsor County Court on 8th July, particulars of which have been sent to him, when the Judge commented on skilled men not being given skilled employment, with a consequent waste of public money; and what action does he propose to take?

Photo of Sir Archibald Sinclair Sir Archibald Sinclair , Caithness and Sutherland

The comments to which my hon. Friend refers were prompted by the statements made by the witness. The facts, however, are that with the agreement of the Ministry of Labour and National Service the man in question was released from industry for aircrew training on the understanding that he would be returned to industry if he proved to be unsuitable for it. He did prove to be unsuitable, and he was duly returned to his previous employment.

Photo of Sir Waldron Smithers Sir Waldron Smithers , Chislehurst

In view of the fact that this case is typical of many complaints, will the right hon. Baronet issue definite orders to stations and give commanding officers wide powers of judgment to put round pegs into round holes?

Photo of Sir Archibald Sinclair Sir Archibald Sinclair , Caithness and Sutherland

That is exactly what was intended, and I think achieved, in this case. There is no doubt that this man will render better service to the country in industry.