§ 62. Mr. JOWETT
asked the Prime Minister whether he is aware that the Bingley local military service tribunal has refused the claim for exemption from 1627 military service of J. W. Muff, of 57, Sandbeds, Culling worth, Yorks, a warehouseman employed by a firm engaged on Government contracts, who is the only son of two blind parents, aged sixty-seven and seventy-three, respectively, whose affairs he is obliged to manage and for whom he must exercise care and attention every day of their lives; if he is aware that the Appeal Tribunal at Bradford refused to reverse this decision, as also did the Central Appeal Tribunal; and if he will say whether it is in accordance with the policy of the Government that the only son and sole support of two blind parents should be compulsorily withdrawn for military service?
§ Mr. HAYES FISHER
I have been asked to answer this question, and have made inquiry as to the case. The man in question is aged thirty-six, and in medical category A. The parents have a married daughter who resides in London. The application was carefully considered by the Central Tribunal who were specially set up for determining cases of peculiar difficulty. They came to the conclusion on a review of all the circumstances that there were not sufficient reasons for granting exemption, and the hon. Member will realise that it is not possible for me to intervene on the merits of a particular case.