Transport and General Workers Union (Staff).

Oral Answers to Questions — Military Service. – in the House of Commons on 16th July 1942.

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Photo of Major-General Sir Alfred Knox Major-General Sir Alfred Knox , Wycombe

asked the Minister of Labour how many men of military age are still retained as exempt at the headquarters and district offices of the Transport and General Workers Union; and what proportion these men bear to the total clerical staff?

Photo of Mr Ernest Bevin Mr Ernest Bevin , Wandsworth Central

As stated in reply to a previous Question asking for similar information about a private firm, I am not prepared to publish information of this kind in respect of individual undertakings or organisations.

Photo of Major-General Sir Alfred Knox Major-General Sir Alfred Knox , Wycombe

Is it not a fact that at the Finsbury Park offices of this union 50 per cent. of the employees are of military age? Would they not give better service if they joined the Fighting Services, and could not their work be equally well done by women?

Photo of Mr Ernest Bevin Mr Ernest Bevin , Wandsworth Central

I have taken the line that when man-power boards deal with particular firms and organisations I accept their decisions, whether they apply to private firms or unions, and I do not bring their decisions into public discussion.

Photo of Major-General Sir Alfred Knox Major-General Sir Alfred Knox , Wycombe

Surely the right hon. Gentleman can inquire into this case and find out whether some men could be released?

Photo of Mr Ernest Bevin Mr Ernest Bevin , Wandsworth Central

I am making constant inquiries all the time and reviewing all cases.