HC Deb 04 December 1916 vol 88 cc642-3

asked the Secretary of State for War whether his attention has been drawn to the statement made at the Enfield Tribunal by Mr. W. Cornish, the military representative for the district; whether he is aware that the state-men was made that, as a result of a conference held between the military representatives and the managers of the Labour Exchanges, tribunals were to be asked to instruct applicants passed for labour units or sedentary work at home or abroad to register themselves at the nearest Labour Exchange within fourteen days for the purpose of taking up industrial employment under the substitution scheme; that in the event of a man refusing to register he would be called up for service; and whether, in view of the statements as to the method by which the substitution scheme is to be worked, he is now in a position to make an authoritative pronouncement on the whole matter?


I have seen the account in the Press. The men referred to, if they failed to obtain work of national importance within the specified period, would be liable to be called to the Colours. This is no doubt what the military representative intended to convey.