§ 10. Mr. BYRNE
asked the Under-Secretary of State for War if he will see that Irishmen in Great Britain on Government work or on other work of national importance or temporarily resident for any special purpose shall not be interfered with under any new Regulation that may be introduced to increase the man-power; if he is aware that in many parts of Great Britain recruiting officers have made attempts to coerce Irishmen performing work of national importance into the Army; and if he will see that all previous arrangements and guarantees to Irish workers are respected?
§ The PARLIAMENTARY SECRETARY to the MINISTRY of NATIONAL SERVICE (Mr. Beck)
As the hon. Member is no doubt aware, the Military Service Acts only apply to British subjects who are ordinarily resident in Great Britain, and expressly exclude from the liability to service British subjects who are only resident in Great Britain for a special purpose. As I have already informed the hon. Member, I have no evidence that eases such as he suggests have occurred.