A file of government correspondence relating to the deferment of military service for employees of Bexley Borough Council in Kent. Subjects covered in the file include the council's requests for the return of its employees due to difficulties in recruiting for replacements; a request for the return of a man already enlisted, which can only be granted in special cases; and an increase in women clerks due to the lack of suitable men. Other subjects discussed include the relative importance of council and military work; and the council's difficulties in making emergency repairs to war-damaged properties due to the labour shortage caused by the call-up of builders employed by the council. Documents in the file include applications for the temporary deferment of the call-up of men liable to serve in the armed forces; and memoranda informing the council that deferment of its employees is only temporary.
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