HC Deb 22 March 1917 vol 91 cc2046-7

asked the Prime Minister whether, in view of the paper and labour shortage in this country, he will take steps to secure that heads of public Departments refrain from encouraging members of their staff at present on Government work to enrol themselves under the National Service scheme; and whether steps will also be taken for calling upon any man in any Department who in the event of his leaving Government service, would refuse to take up other work of national importance to immediately advise the head of his Department to that effect?


My right hon. Friend has issued a circular to all Government offices, giving it as his desire that Civil servants should enrol as National Service volunteers, and if this is generally done the necessity for such steps as are indicated in the latter part of the question will not arise.