The Regulation which gives powers to direct persons to perform specified services is 58A of the Defence (General) Regulations; these powers are not dependent on prior registration of the persons concerned. Inquiries are being made into an individual case of which my hon. Friend has supplied particulars.
Has the Minister authorised this particular exercise of the power under Regulation 58A, and if directions are to be given to people to change their employment before their age group has had to register, is this not a very fortuitous and unfair way of applying the Regulation?
Certainly, that is my duty. They act for me and on my behalf. I am responsible for what they do, and in so far as they have to carry out their administrative duty they are carrying it out on my account.