HC Deb 19 February 1919 vol 112 c929

asked the Prime Minister whether he is aware that some of the persons, who evaded military service by taking advantage of the conscientious objection clause in the Military Service Acts and were ordered to do work of national importance have been set free; and will he consider the advisability of issuing such regulations as will prevent any further release of these men taking place until the last man serving in the Navy or the Army, under the Military Service Acts, has been demobilised?

Captain GUEST

As work under the Pelham Committee has now ceased and as the men concerned were exempted from military service conditionally on their doing work of national importance, my hon. Friend will realise that there is no alternative but that the situation should be as disclosed in the question. I would also remind him that the machinery for calling up men under the Military Service Acts is at present in suspension.


Does the hon. Gentleman mean us to infer that the five sons of Dunn the hatter have been released?

Captain GUEST

The hon. Gentleman will appreciate the fact that that matter rests primarily with the Home Office, and perhaps he will consult with them.