Coalmining (Compulsory Recruitment)

Oral Answers to Questions — National War Effort – in the House of Commons on 16th March 1944.

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Photo of Colonel Alan Gandar-Dower Colonel Alan Gandar-Dower , Penrith and Cockermouth

asked the Minister of Labour if he has any statement to make with regard to the prosecution of Bernard Bradley, of Leeds, a young man of 18 years of age, who has been sentenced to three months' imprisonment for refusing to work in the coalmines.

Photo of Mr Ernest Bevin Mr Ernest Bevin , Wandsworth Central

I understand that in this case an appeal is pending, and I cannot, therefore, make any statement.

Photo of Colonel Alan Gandar-Dower Colonel Alan Gandar-Dower , Penrith and Cockermouth

Is the right hon. Gentleman aware that this young man was a Home Guard, who volunteered for anti-aircraft duties, which any soldier would say was equivalent to regular service? Is it right that with these qualifications, he should be directed into the mines?

Photo of Mr Ernest Bevin Mr Ernest Bevin , Wandsworth Central

I am afraid I cannot enter into discussion upon a case when it is going before the court.

Photo of Mr Gilbert Gledhill Mr Gilbert Gledhill , Halifax

asked the Minister of Labour whether a man who goes through the ballot and is not drawn for coalmining is affected by subsequent ballots.

Photo of Mr Ernest Bevin Mr Ernest Bevin , Wandsworth Central

No, Sir. Such a man does not have to go through any further ballot.