HC Deb 02 November 1916 vol 86 c1799

asked the President of the Local Government Board whether he is aware of the discontent caused by the fact that the pledges and promises given at the time of the passing of the Military Service Act are in many cases not being observed; that as between one tribunal and another there is divergence and inequality in the treatment of men with small businesses; whether he has received letters and resolutions on this matter; and whether it is proposed to take any action?


A war of the present magnitude cannot be carried on without much hardship, and my right hon. Friend appreciates the hardship suffered in many oases by the owners of small businesses. But he would strongly impress on all who sincerely desire the successful prosecution of the War the necessity of concentrating the man-power of the country on military service and work of essential importance. A general decision by the Central Tribunal on the cases of the sole proprietors of businesses was recently circulated; further directions are not at present contemplated. If proper use is made by the military representatives and by applicants of the right of appeal, there is no reason to think that a reasonable measure of uniformity, consistent with the necessity of getting the work done with celerity, will not be attained.