My right hon. Friends the Supply Ministers pay constant attention to the question of absenteeism, in common with all other factors affecting production. The closest examination is given to particular cases where the degree of absenteeism appears to be greater than normal, and all possible steps are taken to remove the contributory causes. My hon. Friend will, however, realise that absenteeism varies greatly with local circumstances and, therefore, it does not lend itself to corrective measures of a general character.
Is it not grossly unfair that a man in one of the Services who absents himself while on leave may be dealt with, and is dealt with, severely by his commanding officer and possibly by court-martial, whereas a man of the same age who lives in his house comfortably and who carries on his peace-time work is not dealt with at all if he absents himself?
Is it not a fact that munitions production per man and woman in this country is higher than in any other country, and it is not about time that we gave credit where credit is due, to our great army of workers?