HC Deb 21 February 1916 vol 80 c414
34. Mr. BOYTON

asked the President of the Local Government Board what the position is of the Advisory Committees appointed under the Group System now that he has issued new instructions to Metropolitan and other Councils for the guidance of Local Tribunals for dealing with applications for exemption by voluntarily-attested men as well as those who will come under the provisions of the Military Service Act, 1916; and whether Advisory Committees will in fact cease to exist after the Military Service Act, 1916, comes into operation?


There will be no change in the position of the Advisory Committees, the duty of which is to advise the military representative as to the course he should pursue in regard to the appeals made by men who have attested under the voluntary system. These Committees have done, and are doing, most valuable work.


Can the right hon. Gentleman tell us whether the system hitherto prevailing that where the military representative, after conferring with the Advisory Committee, is satisfied that the applicant ought to be postponed or exempted, will remain in force without troubling the tribunal, and is only subject to revision at the instance of the military authorities?


Yes, Sir, so far as my memory serves me, I think that is the machinery which is proposed to be continued.