§ 34. Mr. R. RICHARDSON
asked the Secretary of State for War whether, seeing that his Memorandum, published on the 17th July, makes no reference to the men in question, he will definitely state how he proposes to deal with all those Derby men who were not called up prior to July, 1916; whether these men will be regarded as having a prior claim to release over those men of the same age who were called up under the Military Service Act; and whether, in view of the fact that the 1085 postponement of the calling-up notices in these cases was due, as a rule, to import ant national and commercial reasons, he will gave the matter his early personal consideration?
I regret that I can make no statement regarding the demobilisation of men not provided for in the Memorandum recently published, but my hon. Friend may rest assured that when the demobilisation. Regulations are again reconsidered with a view to accelarating the further release of men, those who attested under the Derby scheme will be equitably treated.