§ 11. Mr. Gordon Macdonald
asked the Minister of Labour whether he will endeavour to devise and put into operation a scheme whereby chauffeurs and chauffeur-mechanics in private employment could be used to better advantage for the war effort?
§ Mr. Bevin
Men of the type referred to by my hon. Friend should be able to adapt themselves to work in armament factories, especially after a period of training in a Government training centre or art employer's works. I would, therefore, suggest that private employers should consider whether they could not release their chauffeurs or chauffeur-mechanics for this vital national work. The men should not, of course, be dismissed, but advised to register at their nearest Employment Exchange and indicate their willingness to take a course of training when so instructed.
§ Mr. Macdonald
If the suggestion proves ineffective, will the right hon. Gentleman take other measures?