HC Deb 18 July 1916 vol 84 c825
42. Mr. WATT

asked the. Minister of Munitions whether his attention has been called to the fact that in many districts in Scotland factors of estates and solicitors take part often as chairmen in the work of tribunals under the Military Service Act; that these men not infrequently propose and influence the exemption of their tenants and clients in order that the rents may be secured and the solicitors' clientele preserved; and, if so, will he issue a circular putting a stop to this practice?


The reply to the first portion of my hon. and learned Friend's question is in the affirmative, and to the second portion is in the negative. The suggested circular is, therefore, in my opinion, unnecessary.


Does the right hon. Gentleman deny that many men on these tribunals have interest in the cases that come before them? Does he think that right?


I understood that the question put by the hon. Member was whether the attention of the Department had been called to this matter, and my answer is that it is not the case. I invited my hon. Friend last week to give particular cases to enable inquiries to be made.