HC Deb 02 August 1916 vol 85 cc285-6

asked the Secretary of State for War whether a single man, who enlisted under the group system and was in December last and again on 12th January not accepted on account of being under standard, is still liable to military service; and, if so, ought he to report himself now or await a further notification from the authorities?


If by the word "enlisted "the hon. Member means "attested" the man to whom he refers is an Army Reservist, Class B, and so far as the facts indicated in his question lead us, no question of the man's non-liability for service appears to arise. On the presumption that the man is a voluntarily attested soldier in reserve he should await orders, but if he wants to know exactly how he stands there does not appear to be any reason why he should not go to the recruiting office and find out. It may perhaps be helpful to hon. Members to remind them that attested men are not affected by the provisions of the Military Service Acts in so far as these affect questions of enlistment, medical examination, exemptions, exceptions, etc., or, in fact, by any of the provisions of the Acts except conceivably in the distant future questions of continuance in the Service. There appears to be a good deal of misunderstanding on this point.