Oral Answers to Questions — National Service (Reinstatement of Civil Employment)

– in the House of Commons on 17th November 1942.

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Photo of Sir Charles Lyle Sir Charles Lyle , Bournemouth

asked the Minister of Labour whether he can make any statement as to the operation of Section 7 of the Military Training Act, 1939, especially in respect of the replacement of various persons who successively hold the same post in the firm?

Photo of Mr George Tomlinson Mr George Tomlinson , Farnworth

No, Sir. Few cases of alleged breaches of the provisions of the National Service Acts regarding reinstatement of persons called up for service have come before the courts, and these throw no light on the particular point raised by my hon. Friend.

Photo of Sir Charles Lyle Sir Charles Lyle , Bournemouth

How is it possible even for the most up-to-date employer to put two people or even possibly three people back into the same job?

Photo of Mr George Tomlinson Mr George Tomlinson , Farnworth

I do not think it is possible.

Photo of Mr Edgar Granville Mr Edgar Granville , Eye

asked the Minister of Labour whether, as the reinstatement of employment provisions in the National Service Acts have been nullified in thousands of cases owing to the closing down of industrial undertakings as a result of the war, he has any proposals to make for the compensation of those called up for National Service who have now lost hope of returning to their old place of employment?

Photo of Mr George Tomlinson Mr George Tomlinson , Farnworth

The question of assisting persons who do not possess reinstatement rights, or for whom those rights may be ineffective, to find suitable employment after the war is part of the general problem of resettlement which is engaging the attention of the Government.

Miss Ward:

Is the hon. Gentleman satisfied about the placing of discharged officers?

Photo of Mr George Tomlinson Mr George Tomlinson , Farnworth

If the hon. Lady will give me particulars, I shall then be in a position to say whether I am satisfied or not. At the moment I do not know what she is referring to.