Hon. HUMPHREY MITCHELL (Minister of Labour):
The hon. member for Waterloo South (Mr. Homuth) asked a question yesterday with respect to the employment of young men of seventeen years of age. The answer is that there is nothing in the selective service regulations that prevents a seventeen year old boy from getting work in any non-restricted industry, even without a permit. To enter a restricted occupation he has to get a permit, but permits are granted almost automatically to enter restricted occupations if war work is not available. There is nothing in the regulations, or in the application of the regulations as far as we know, which would keep a seventeen year old boy out of work. If hon. members will bring specific cases to our attention we will undertake to deal with them. Or if they can provide us with specific information as to any selective service officer not carrying out these principles, we shall be glad to investigate.
Subtopic: EMPLOYMENT OF YOUTHS OF SEVENTEEN IN WAR INDUSTRIES