HC Deb 08 July 1918 vol 108 cc18-9
20. Major NEWMAN

asked the Minister of National Service whether he is aware of the work that is being done by the firm of Desouther Brothers, 51, Baker Street, W., in the manufacture of special artificial limbs; whether one of the brothers, who alone is able to actually manufacture the limbs, is under notice to join up; and whether, in view of the fact that the work the firm, is doing will have to cease, he will, even having regard to the age and military fitness of the man, grant him a further period of exemption?


My hon. and gallant Friend's question refers no doubt to the firm of Desoutter Brothers, of 51, Baker Street, who, I understand, are artificial limb makers. The industry is covered by the Schedule of Protected Occupations, and the release for military service of men engaged in it is controlled by the Ministry of Munitions. The Ministry of Munitions, after consultation with the National Health Insurance Commission, have decided that they are not justified in giving further protection to this young man.


What is to happen to all the officers who require artificial limbs?


I do not think the hon. and gallant Gentleman is aware that this young man is only twenty-three.