HC Deb 10 August 1916 vol 85 c1220

asked the President of the Local Government Board if the Irish Labour Exchanges are inviting Irishmen to volunteer for munition work in Great Britain; if copies of questions put by the hon. Member for Blackburn to him are being distributed which assure volunteers that they will not come under the Military Service Act by coming to Great Britain for that purpose; and, in view of these facts, what action he proposes to take about the case of two Irishmen who, induced by these replies, volunteered for munition work at Clydebank, and being ignorant of the National Registration Act did not register within the required time, and on 3rd August were fined £1 or ten days' imprisonment, and the day following were sent a notice by the military authorities to join the Army?


I have no knowledge of the facts stated in the question, and I can only refer to the replies given yesterday by my hon. Friend the Financial Secretary to the War Office.