HC Deb 09 May 1918 vol 105 cc2306-7

asked the Minister of National Service whether he is aware that Mrs. Pilkington, a widow living in Redoubt Street, Radford, Nottingham, has eight sons serving, one of whom has been killed and two disabled; whether her tenth son, William Pilkington, is now being called up, leaving her without anyone to manage her business; and, if so, will he say what action he proposes to take?


The case referred to is one of those covered by the Proclamation of the 20th April, and, as I stated on the 2nd May, in answer to the hon. Member for Bradford, the conditions of the Proclamation were very carefully considered by the Government, and it was decided that in view of the urgent necessity of the present time exceptions must be limited to the extent referred to in the Proclamation.