HC Deb 13 May 1918 vol 106 cc9-10
29. Mr. WING

asked the Minister of National Service if he is aware that men of the Army Reserve are being called up for medical examination, that, in consequence, they are losing time and wages at the pit and other occupations, in some instances losing several days, especially men from the Houghton-le-Spring Division of Durham; if he will say what provi- sion is made for such men in the way of remuneration and to whom do they apply; and if arrangements will be made for such not being called until medical examination can be promptly made and thus prevent the inconvenience of long waiting and other war-time difficulties connected with absence from home?

The UNDER-SECRETARY of STATE for WAR (Mr. Macpherson)

My right hon. Friend has asked me to answer this question. I understand that every endeavour is being made to secure prompt examination. The men should have received pay while detained, but some difficulty appears to have occurred locally in the payment, and fresh instructions are being issued. I am, however, having urgent inquiries made, and will communicate with my hon. Friend as soon as possible.