§ 36. Mr. WATT
asked the Minister of National Service whether he is aware that dentists under thirty years of age have been exempt from military service on a finding of the Central Tribunal that there was a shortage of dentists for the needs of the people; whether, under the new Act, older dentists who possess the medical qualification but have never practised medicine are being pressed into the Royal Army Medical Corps; and, if so, will he explain why the older men are being taken first?
§ Mr. BECK
The administrative arrangement to which my hon. Friend refers does not confer exemptions on dentists under thirty years of age, but lays down certain conditions on which dental practitioners may in proper cases be exempted by tribunals. The answer to the second part of the question is in the negative, and the third part, therefore, does not arise.