Oral Answers to Questions — London Passenger Transport Board (Employees of Military Age).

– in the House of Commons on 15th July 1942.

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Dr. Russell Thomas:

asked the Parliamentary Secretary to the Ministry of War Transport how many men of military age are employed as conductors, drivers, cleaners, etc., by the London Passenger Transport Board; and how many of these are Army reservists receiving reserve pay?

Photo of Sir Arthur Salter Sir Arthur Salter , Oxford University

There are of military age in the employment of the London Passenger Transport Board 7,690 drivers, 865 conductors and 819 washers and general hands on road vehicles; the Board have not applied for the deferment of the calling-up of conductors, washers and general hands. So far as the Board is aware, none of the men in any of these classes are Army reservists receiving reserve pay.

Dr. Thomas:

Does not my hon. Friend agree that a large number of these conductors could be easily replaced and does he not think that it is bad for the morale of people like small traders who have ruthlessly had their businesses closed that they should be retained?

Photo of Sir Arthur Salter Sir Arthur Salter , Oxford University

They could not easily be replaced; the work of these drivers is very heavy.

Dr. Thomas:

I said conductors.

Photo of Sir Arthur Salter Sir Arthur Salter , Oxford University

I think that the hon. Member misunderstood my answer. I said in regard to conductors that no deferment has been asked for. Some of those for whom deferment has not been asked have not been called up either because they are medically unfit or because the military work to which they were assigned was not required at the moment.

Dr. Thomas:

Has not the Transport Board a truly bad record in regard to recruitment for the Territorial Army before the war?

Photo of Mr Oliver Locker-Lampson Mr Oliver Locker-Lampson , Birmingham Handsworth

Could not women be used to replace some of the men?