§ 74. Mr. Mander
asked the Secretary for Mines whether he is aware of the difficulties being experienced in the West Mdilands in obtaining labour for the essential distribution of coal; and whether he will make arrangements for the calling-up of skilled and experienced men to be postponed?
§ Major Sir James Edmondson (Vice-Chamberlain of the Household)
I have been asked to reply. My hon. Friend is aware of the difficulties experienced by the coal distributive trade, in common with other trades and industries, in the West Midlands, and elsewhere, in obtaining labour. It has recently been agreed that the deferment arrangements which have been in operation during the winter shall continue until the end of May.
§ Mr. Mander
Can the hon. and gallant Gentleman say when that decision was come to", because last week persons who came within this category were being called up? Was the decision taken recently?