Orders of the Day — Manpower

Part of the debate – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 24th March 1949.

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Photo of Mr Ness Edwards Mr Ness Edwards , Caerphilly 12:00 am, 24th March 1949

The point is—does the Opposition agree that everyone should pull his weight in this national crisis and if he refuses to pull his weight that we should do nothing about it? What is the position of the Opposition? Is it that people should be allowed to dodge the column while at the same time, married women in Lancashire who have left industry go back to help the country in her hour of trial? Does the right hon. and learned Gentleman agree that we should exercise that power in relation to those dodging the column?