asked the President of the Board of Education whether it is with his approval that men teachers of 36 years of age who are doing full-time service in schools in addition to helping to train boys of 14 to 16 years of age in technical schools, and who are holding responsible positions in Civil Defence for which they have been trained, are in addition being called for National Fire Service at a time when this service is asking that its members be allowed to use their spare time in making munitions?
As my right hon. Friend stated in reply to a Question by my hon. Friend on 12th February, it is the policy of the Government in present circumstances that teachers over 35 shall not be called up, and those under 35 who were deferred shall have their deferments continued. A man's age for this purpose is his age on the date when his age-class was required to register. If my hon. Friend will send me particulars of any cases in which this policy is not being carried out, I will have inquiries made.