HC Deb 19 February 1917 vol 90 cc980-1

asked the right hon. Member for Barnard Castle, as representing the Ministry of National Service, if dentistry is regarded as work of national importance; and, if so, will he take action in the case of Ernest Longton, of 95, Bradshaw Gate, Bolton, a dental practitioner, who attends an average of thirty patients daily, and who has been ordered by the tribunal to leave this work and secure alternative service; and if the Director of National Service will take steps to put an end to such waste of national service as is caused by such cases as this, where men are taken from work of public necessity to work which they are not accustomed, and at which they are therefore inefficient?


My right hon Friend has asked me to answer this question. I am informed that the case is now before the Appeal Tribunal, and therefore I must refrain from any comment on it. I may observe, however, that the hon. Member does not give any indication in his question of the fact that the application for exemption in this case was made on conscientious grounds.