Ministry of Labour (Employees under 30)

Oral Answers to Questions — National War Effort – in the House of Commons on 26th November 1942.

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Photo of Sir Charles Taylor Sir Charles Taylor , Eastbourne

asked the Minister of Labour whether he is now in a position to say how many men under 30 years of age are employed in all branches of his Department?

Photo of Mr Ernest Bevin Mr Ernest Bevin , Wandsworth Central

On 20th October the number of men between 18 and 30 years of age employed in my Department was 825. Of these, 188 (some of them only recently registered) are awaiting call up; 203 have served in H.M. Forces in the present war and have been discharged; and 303 are either not legally liable to be called up or are in medical categories III and IV from which men are not being called up. Of the balance of 131, 122 are Factory Inspectors or others with technical or specialised qualifications, mainly instructors at the Training Centres. Of the remaining 9, two are postponed on compassionate grounds leaving 7 in low categories not fit for combatant service to whom deferment has been granted on the recommendation of the Kennet Committee.

Photo of Sir Charles Taylor Sir Charles Taylor , Eastbourne

While thanking the Minister for his very satisfactory figures, may I ask whether the men discharged from the Services were discharged for, health reasons?

Photo of Mr Ernest Bevin Mr Ernest Bevin , Wandsworth Central

Yes, Sir, they were all discharged for health reasons.