HC Deb 03 April 1917 vol 92 c1098
3. Colonel GRETTON

asked the Under- Secretary of State for War if he is aware that complaints are made that some trade unions priviledged to issue trade cards of exemption from military service have issued such cards to unskilled men enrolled as members of those unions, and that it is alleged that considerable numbers of men are thus withheld from military service; have complaints of this kind been brought to his notice in respect to the Sheet Metal Workers' Union; if he is aware that other trade unions not privileged to issue trade cards are aggrieved by the exemptions given to men in the privileged unions who, in many cases, are doing similar work; that by these proceedings the. Army is being deprived of considerable numbers of men of military age; and will he inquire into these matters in order to obtain for the Army any men who may be improperly provided with trade cards of exemption?


Yes, Sir. This matter has been brought to my notice and is receiving careful attention. It is hoped shortly to make an announcement on the subject.

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