Reference LAB 6/82
Title Man-power Priority Committee. 1st - 3rd meetings
Former Department Reference N.S.8387/28
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 Official Correspondence, Meeting Minutes, Memoranda
Civil Defence Regions Nationwide, Region 5: London
Locations London
Organisations Auxiliary Fire Service, Beveridge Committee, British Broadcasting Corporation, Man Power (Priority) Sub-Committee, Royal Air Force


A file of documents relating to manpower for industry and the armed forces. Subjects discussed in the file include the deferment procedure, including special procedures and the principles underlying decisions on deferment; the cancellation of the deferment of service tradesmen; proposals for the deferment of the calling-up of civil defence personnel in London, including air-raid wardens, members of the rescue and stretcher parties, and men required to repair public utilities and transport services; and proposals for deferment for other civil defence personnel, including the police and the Auxiliary Fire Service. Other subjects discussed include consideration of changes in the schedule of reserved occupations; the definitions of "protected" and "unprotected" work; special actions for workers undertaking vital war work; occupations with special reservation ages for protected work; and the relaxation of the schedule of reserved occupations for men suitable for recruitment as pilots and observers.


administration, age of conscription, agricultural production, agriculture, air force personnel, air raids, aircraft, air-raid precautions, air-raid wardens, amenities, baking, Beveridge Report, bicycles, biscuits, bomb damage, bread, cakes, cereals, chemicals, chocolate, civil defence, civil service, clothing, coal, communications, confectionary, conscription, construction, construction materials, cotton, culture, dairy, demolition, dockyards, electricity, employment, engineering, entertainment, exports, film, financial services, fire services, first aid, food supplies, furnishings, gas, glass, government departments, healthcare, hospitals, industrial equipment, industrial production, industrial workers, industry, infrastructure, insurance, labour shortages, labour supply, laundry, lawyers, leather, lighting, local authorities, medical supplies, metals, milling, miners, mining, motor vehicles, motorcycles, munitions, music, office workers, overseas trade, paper, part-time employment, police, pottery, poverty, public health, public transport, radio, recruitment, refrigeration, repair, rescue, reserved occupations, roads, science, scientific equipment, skilled labour, storage, teachers, textiles, theatre, timber, tin, trade unions, transportation, tribunals, universities, water supply, wool

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