Reference LAB 6/87
Title Man-power Priority Committee. 9th meeting
Former Department Reference N.S.8387/48
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
Civil Defence Regions Nationwide
Organisations Board of Trade, Man Power (Priority) Sub-Committee, Man Power Committee


A file of government correspondence relating to the supply of labour for industry and the armed forces. Subjects discussed in the file include a request for an amendment to the meeting minutes of the Man Power Committee; the cancellation of a meeting of the committee; the problem of the fulfilment of military manpower requirements resulting in a serious dislocation of production and interference with the standard of civilian life; and a proposal to redirect labour from the distribution trades to the forces in order to assist with the manpower issue. Other subjects covered include the consideration of male and female labour as separate categories; a proposal to release women from certain industries and services to ease the manpower issue; a proposal to draw labour from the retail trade; the issue that the non-availability of women for industry was holding up the release of men from industry; and the responsibilities of the Board of Trade.


administration, conscription, distribution, employment, exports, female labour, industrial production, industrial workers, industry, labour shortages, labour supply, overseas trade, recruitment, reserved occupations, retail, skilled labour, standard of living

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