HC Deb 24 October 1916 vol 86 c931
13. Major NEWMAN

asked the Secretary of State for War whether he has taken any means to ascertain the number of men of military age who, in the first year of hostilities, escaped the National Registration Act by leaving Great Britain for Ireland, France, and the United States of America and are now resident particularly in Paris, Monte Carlo, and California in the two latter countries; whether it is intended to allow these men to shirk service without making any effort in the matter; and is he aware of the feeling caused to our French Allies by this slackness of our War Office?


It is not possible to give any estimate which would satisfactorily answer the first part of this question. The hon. and gallant Member may rest assured that every possible effort will be made to obtain the men in question for military service, and that any consultation with the French Government which may be necessary in regard to this matter will take place.