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Thursday, 7 May 1942

" The rural industries, with regard to manpower, have been cut more than they could possibly bear", stated the Minister for Commerce (Mr. Scully), yesterday, who viewed with alarm any further attempt to call up men from the industries for military service. Mr. Scully was commenting on a statement by the Minister for War Organization of Industry (Mr. Dedman), who said that the rationalization of industry plan his department was handling would reduce man-power to the barest possible operational minimum. "Any further drain on this man-power ", said Mr. Scully, " would cause the collapse of the necessary forms of primary products that were essential for the maintenance of our civil population and also for supplies to the services ". So far, there had not been any collaboration between the Department of War Organization of Industry, the Department of Labour and National Service, and his department to try to solve the situation that had arisen. The Cabinet Man-power Sub-Committee now had the matter under survey, and Mr. Scully was hopeful that it would evolve the solution.

Mr Scully - The newspaper's interpretation of what I said about collaboration was incorrect.

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