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RELEASES FROM FORCES Parliamentary Reporter. WELLINGTON, this day. An assurance was wanted from the Government that steps would be taken to make effective the proposals for the reduction of New Zealand Forces at the earliest possible moment, said Mr. Bowden (Nat.. Wellington West) in the House of Representatives yesterday afternoon. He referred to the needs of the primary and manufacturing Industries for increased manpower, but said there was nothing that transcended the Importance of housing construction and of making more skilled artisans available for this work, from the felling of trees in the bush and the production of timber right down through the various occupations associated with that activity. There should be an early release of skilled machinists in the women's services, continued Mr. Bowden. They were doing splendid work now, no doubt, but the women's forces were to be reduced and care should be taken, if at all possible, to release those who could go into factories. Mr. Bowden said he thought that to make releases of men and women from the Forces effective there would need to be the closest co-operation between manpower officers, service chiefs and industry. There were shortages of employees in the biscuit industry, the furniture trade, the metal and engineering trades, the tanning industry, the footwear industry, the garment industry and In woollen mills. He had been told that last month the production of footwear was 30,000 pairs below the allocations made to factories by the controller, and that for the quarter ended in June production was dov/n by upwards of 100.000 pairs of footwear, compared With the production for the corresponding quarter of the previous year. That was due primarily to a shortage of labour.

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MANPOWER NEED, Auckland Star, Volume LXXVI, Issue 183, 4 August 1945

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MANPOWER NEED Auckland Star, Volume LXXVI, Issue 183, 4 August 1945

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