27. Colonel BURN
asked the Secretary of State for War if he will state his decision in the cases of young men in the Army who desire to be released in order that they may finish their apprenticeship, complete their course as students, or prepare for the Army or Civil Service examination?
Students and apprentices are being treated on the same footing as regards demobilisation as other soldiers. Their demobilisation is dependent on their being eligible under existing Regulations.
Does the hon. Gentleman not think it a very great hardship, in cases where premiums have been paid, that they are not allowed to finish the apprenticeship?
It is fully appreciated that there is hardship in some cases, but, when one starts on questions of the kind, one does not know where they would end.