Pipe-Fitters

Oral Answers to Questions — National War Effort – in the House of Commons on 28th January 1943.

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Photo of Mr Tom Driberg Mr Tom Driberg , Maldon

asked the Minister of Labour whether he is aware that the impending call-up of pipe-fitters under 30 years of age is likely to impede essential production; and whether he will take steps to ensure that workers in this category will not be called up while there is urgent skilled work for them to do in the shipbuilding and other war industries?

Photo of Mr Ernest Bevin Mr Ernest Bevin , Wandsworth Central

The occupation of pipe-fitter, other than boiler pipe-fitter, is among the occupations in respect of which deferment of calling-up may no longer be granted to men who were below 30 years of age at registration under the National Service Acts. These occupations were selected, in consultation with the Government Departments concerned, as being those from which young men could more readily be released for service with the Forces, and the occupation of pipe-fitter was included with due regard to the needs of the shipbuilding and other war industries for men in that occupation.

Photo of Mr Tom Driberg Mr Tom Driberg , Maldon

Will the right hon. Gentleman consider deferring these men beyond the end of March in districts where there do not appear to be any pipe-fitters over 30, and where they are needed for essential war work?

Photo of Mr Ernest Bevin Mr Ernest Bevin , Wandsworth Central

I cannot alter the decision now. It is all part of the man-power survey that has been made.

Photo of Mr William Thorne Mr William Thorne , West Ham Plaistow

I take it that this includes plumbers? There is always a shortage of plumbers during frosty weather. Could they be left until the very frosty weather has passed?

Photo of Mr Ernest Bevin Mr Ernest Bevin , Wandsworth Central

We have arranged to do the call-up in March.