§ 52. Major NEWMAN
asked the President of the Local Government Board whether his attention has been called to the case of Arthur H. Godfrey, at present attached to the 18th wing Royal Flying Corps as a volunteer; whether he is aware that Godfrey, who is at present carrying on single handed a dental business which he purchased in 1911 and has dependent on him a wife and two young children, and latterly, since the death of his brother at the front, a mother, aged seventy-six, appealed on 12th July to the Paddington tribunal, and his appeal was dismissed; and whether, having regard to the facts above stated, the Local Government Board will suggest to the Paddington tribunal that it is not the intention of the Government to refuse exemption to men carrying on a business single handed, and with dependants who will suffer should the business be closed?
§ 40. Mr. C. DUNCAN
asked the Minister of Munitions whether the chairman of the East Kent Munitions Tribunal at Canterbury repeatedly refuses to allow trade union officers to put the case to the tribunal on behalf of their members; and whether he will cause inquiry to be made with a view to the Munitions Act being properly and fairly administered?
§ Dr. ADDISON
I am informed by the chairman that the facts are not as stated by my hon. Friend, but if any specific instance is given I shall be happy to make inquiries. As he is well aware, the Ministry welcomes any proper assistance of trade union officials in connection with cases coming before tribunals.