HC Deb 07 November 1916 vol 87 cc19-20
112. Mr. COWAN

asked the President of the Local Government Board whether he would state if, when exemption from mili- tary service is granted for national or personal reasons, a tribunal has the power to-make it a condition that the exempted person shall do part-time service with the local public fire brigade in the same-manner as it has power to make it a condition that he shall do service with a local Volunteer Training Corps; whether chief officers of public fire brigades are entitled, to communicate to tribunals their requirements for the filling of vacancies in their fire brigades; and whether he can see his-way to urge upon tribunals the advisability of making such a condition in the case of able-bodied married men conditionally exempted who reside near their local fire station and have a reasonable-amount of leisure available for public-service?


I have informed tribunals that in suitable cases it is reasonable to require a man who is exempted to undertake duties in connection with a public fire brigade. I will send the hon. Member a copy of the circulars dealing with this point. I think that chief officers of public fire brigades would do well to communicate their requirements to-tribunals. No condition should, of course, be imposed by a tribunal which is not reasonable in the particular circumstances of the man.