HC Deb 25 May 1916 vol 82 cc2276-7
34. Mr. JOWETT

asked the Solicitor-General if his attention has been drawn to the position of commercial travellers of military age who, at present, hold appointments in civil life under time agreements with respect to their liability to be called up under the Military Service Bill, having regard to the fact that when the War is over their agreements will have become null and void by the efflux of time; and whether, in view of the hardship and loss which will be imposed upon them in that event, he will endeavour to meet their case by promoting legislation which will have the effect of suspending their agreements during the period of their service in the Army instead of allowing their agreements to lapse?


The question of promoting legislation for the purpose of suspending the time agreements of travellers who are on active service has received consideration, but it has been found impossible to propose a general suspension of these agreements for the benefit of travellers without incurring the risk of causing serious hardship to the other parties to the agreements, whose position may be entirely changed during the War, and it is therefore not intended to propose the legislation suggested. It cannot be doubted that employers generally will act with consideration towards their travellers who offer themselves or are called up for military service.