Small Business Owners

Oral Answers to Questions — Demobilisation – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 9th October 1945.

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Photo of Sir Charles Edwards Sir Charles Edwards , Bedwellty 12:00 am, 9th October 1945

asked the Minister of Labour whether he is aware of the hardships suffered by many men who owned their businesses and whose wives or others have been carrying them on as best they could so as to keep the business together; and if he will consider a scheme, outside the group scheme, for the release of these men as they are urgently needed by their businesses and will not be competitors in the labour market.

Photo of Mr George Isaacs Mr George Isaacs , Southwark North

I should not be justified in making an exception of this nature to the general rule of release from the Forces by age and length of service. Release on compassionate grounds is a matter for the Service Departments.

Photo of Mr Ronald Ross Mr Ronald Ross , County Londonderry

Will the Minister bear in mind that in Northern Ireland, where there is no National Service Act, businesses have been ruined by the competition of other businesses from which no one has joined up?