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Friday, 9 August 1946

Mr HOLT - In the absence of the Minister for Labour and National Service I address a question to the Minister for Post-war Reconstruction. The absence of the former Minister makes it necessary for me to make a short explanation of the question. ft is, however, one in which the Minister for Post-war Reconstruction, as the Minister responsible for the rehabilitation of ex-servicemen, is vitally interested. During the debate on the Tradesmen's Rights Regulation Bill, I moved an amendment which, if carried, would have had the effect of extending the period during which amember of the forces who desired to receive training as a probationary tradesman or a trainee tradesman could make application forsuch training from six months after the 22nd March, 1946, or six months after his discharge, to the 30th June, 1947, or twelve months after discharge, whichever was the later. I then stated that I believed it to he a fact that the period of eligibility under the reconstruction training scheme had been similarly extended. The Minister for Labour andNational Service stated that the Government would examine the proposal fully with a view to the introduction of a suitable amendment when the bill was before the Senate. Was such an amendment made when the bill was before the Senate? If not, did the Minister examine the proposal fully, as he undertook to do? Is it not a fact that the period of eligibility of applicants for benefits under the , reconstruction training scheme has been extended to cover the dates I have mentioned, and will the same principle be applied under the Tradesmen's Rights Regulation Bill?

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