Reference LAB 6/55
Title Man-power Priority Committee. Sub-Committee on the Schedule of Reserved Occupations. 21st meeting
Former Department Reference N.S.8387/25
Government Department Ministry of Labour and National Service
Themes Military Activity and Home Defence, Industry and Infrastructure
Subthemes Reserved occupations, Conscription, Labour supply and relations
Document Types Meeting Minutes, Official Correspondence, Memoranda
Civil Defence Regions Nationwide
Locations London
Organisations Air Council, Air Ministry, Air Raid Precautions, Civil Defence Service, Man Power (Priority) Sub-Committee, Royal Air Force, Royal Navy, Royal Observer Corps, Sub-Committee on the Schedule of Reserved Occupations


A file of documents relating to the reservation of occupations. Subjects discussed in the file include the definition of news photographers; provisions to permit men in certain occupations to volunteer for National Service, including the verification of their occupations by the Air Ministry; the deferment of the calling-up of cement and brick manufacturers, construction workers, angle croppers, guillotine operators, bricklayers employed on A.R.P. shelters in London, and civil defence personnel; and the reservation of certain occupations including narrow-gauge railway platelayers, retail distribution managers, architects, tramcar and trolleybus drivers, roof-spotters, vermin destroyers, sugar-beet factory workers, and film industry personnel. Other subjects covered include raising the age of reservation for ambulance and first-aid staff, and garment-dyers and -cleaners; the release of men for important civil work; the release of coal miners for military service; the recruitment of wireless workers; and the retention of essential labour in the Royal Dockyards.


administration, age of conscription, age of reservation, agricultural production, agriculture, air raids, aircraft, air-raid precautions, air-raid shelters, ambulances, architecture, beets, buses, civil defence, clothing, coal, communications, conscription, construction, construction materials, distribution, dockyards, drainage, electricity, employment, engineering, factories, film, first aid, food processing, fuel, healthcare, industrial production, industrial workers, industry, infrastructure, labour shortages, labour supply, laundry, miners, mining, motor vehicles, natural resources, newspapers, periodicals, photography, public health, public transport, quarrying, radio, railways, recruitment, reserved occupations, retail, sanitation, skilled labour, sugar, telecommunications, telephonic communications, trams, transportation, vermin, volunteers

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