HC Deb 18 May 1915 vol 71 cc2122-3
19. Colonel WHITE

asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether, in view of the numbers of men of serviceable age still employed as chauffeurs, footmen, gardeners, and in similar capacities, he will consider the advisability of largely increasing the duties payable on the employment of men servants, unless the employer can produce a certificate from an officer of the Royal Army Medical Corps showing that the servant in question is physically unfit for war service?

The CHANCELLOR of the EXCHEQUER (Mr. Lloyd George)

I will consider the hon. and gallant Member's suggestion.


Would not it be fairer to charge those who do not go rather than employers who have no power to exercise compulsion?


I would not like to give an opinion on that.


If the right hon. Gentleman considers compulsory service desirable, would not it be better to have it by direct rather than by an indirect method?