§ 73. Mr. T. RICHARDSON
asked the President of the Board of Trade whether he is aware that, as a result of a conference held on 20th April, at Abertillery, between the Ebbw Vale Colliery Company, His Majesty's Inspector of Mines, and the military authorities, two unmarried colliery clerks, non-unionists, aged eighteen and a half and twenty-seven years, and passed Class "A," were given total exemption from military service, while eight clerks, mostly married men, passed in lower medical categories, and ranging in age from eighteen to forty-one, were given conditional or temporary exemption only; and whether he will take steps to prevent such apparent penalisation of trade unionists with a view to the maintenance of good feeling between the workers and their employers?
§ The PARLIAMENTARY SECRETARY to the BOARD of TRADE (Mr. G. Roberts)
The Controller of Coal Mines is investigating this case, and I will inform the hon. Member of the result in due course.