HC Deb 01 November 1916 vol 86 c1693

asked the Secretary of State for War if he will consider the advisability of recalling those miners now in the Army who have families and who will better serve their country by returning to the mines, thus releasing younger men more fitted for Army service, which, whilst making for greater efficiency, would also be a saving in the cost of the War?


While sympathising with the hon. Member's suggestion, I must point out that there are other considerations involved. Miners serving at the front are trained soldiers, and could only be released in proportion as miners who are at present untrained became sufficiently trained for the front.