Employment Exchange Interviews.

Oral Answers to Questions — National War Effort. – in the House of Commons on 30th July 1942.

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Miss Rathbone:

asked the Minister of Labour whether, in view of the fact that many persons and employers of persons who are called for interview at Employment Exchanges after registration, whether under the National Service Act or otherwise, are imperfectly informed of the machinery by which they may, if they so desire, apply for deferment or appeal against the form of employment to which they are directed or, in the case of women, appeal against being treated as mobile, he will make a statement summarising these points and cause it to be supplied to those it concerns at the exchanges?

Photo of Mr Ernest Bevin Mr Ernest Bevin , Wandsworth Central

I am sending my hon. Friend a complete set of letters and leaflets issued to women dealt with either under the National Service Acts or the Registration for Employment Order. These give the women concerned all necessary information at every appropriate stage of the procedure. Equally employers are always informed in advance of interview and given the opportunity of making an application for deferment or retention.

Miss Rathbone:

Is my right hon. Friend aware that, in spite of the distribution of different leaflets, many very intelligent employers and very intelligent workers are quite foggy as to just what steps they can take, and could he not issue one short summary which would have all the heads in one leaflet, which could be issued at the Employment Exchanges?

Photo of Mr Ernest Bevin Mr Ernest Bevin , Wandsworth Central

I am afraid that that would not solve the problem, because there are different stages, and I have had very little difficulty either with intelligent employers or with intelligent workpeople.