Mr. Craik Henderson:
asked the Minister of Labour whether he is aware that young men employed on important war work, for over 72 hours per week, are being directed to join the Home Guard; whether he has considered the effect of this extra work on their health and will he alter the policy of his Department in this respect?
I would like to look at all the aspects of the question. If young men of this age are working 72 hours a week, it may be that their working hours are much too long.
Is the right hon. Gentleman aware that where men are doing 72 hours a week the Home Guard authorities are entitled to demand a further 12 hours a week training, and that as many of these men live considerable distances from their work and have to travel to and fro, it is placing upon them an absolutely intolerable burden?