§ 8. Mr. RAMSDEN
asked the Secretary of State for War whether he can yet make any statement as to the early liberation of the men who enlisted under the Derby scheme?
I. regret I can add nothing at present to the statements which my right hon. Friend made in the House on the 29th May and 5th June regarding the release of "Derby" men, of which there are some 300,000. As he stated on the 29th May, he cannot release the whole number immediately, but when Peace has been signed he hopes it will be possible gradually to diminish the military forces which we are keeping at our disposal. The claims of the 1914 and 1915 men for release must not, however, be forgotten.
§ Mr. PEMBERTON BILLING
Will he also consider the cases of conscript men who were refused enlistment repeatedly on medical grounds but were subsequently conscripted under the Conscription Acts?
§ Mr. A. SHAW
Is he aware that Derby men are at present being sent out in drafts, although medically rejected in 1914 and 1915?