We realise that there is a tremendous demand for labour of all kinds and that its allocation is a matter of priorities.
The trouble to our mind is that as we are a very small section with numerically trivial requirements it is very difficult to bring home to the authorities finally responsible either the importance of what is done here or the urgent necessity of dealing promptly with our requests.
At the same time we find it hard to believe that it is really impossible to produce quickly the additional staff that we need, even if this meant interfering with the normal machinery of allocations.
We do not wish to burden you with a detailed list of our difficulties, but the following are the bottlenecks which are causing us the most acute anxiety.
1. Breaking of Naval Enigma (Hut 8)
Owing to shortage of staff and the overworking of his present team the Hollerith section here under Mr Freeborn has had to stop working night shifts.
The effect of this is that the finding of the naval keys is being delayed at least twelve hours every day.
In order to enable him to start night shifts again Freeborn needs immediately about twenty more untrained Grade III women clerks.
To put himself in a really adequate position to deal with any likely demands he will want a good many more.
A further serious danger now threatening us is that some of the skilled male staff, both with the British Tabulating Company at Letchworth and in Freeborn's section here,
who have so far been exempt from military service, are now liable to be called up.