HC Deb 15 July 1936 vol 314 cc2049-50
79. Captain ARTHUR EVANS

asked the Secretary of State for War whether he is in a position to state in what manner large industrial undertakings are responding to the appeal to encourage their employés to enlist in the Territorial Army by an assurance that no loss of pay will be incurred during periods of training?

The FINANCIAL SECRETARY to the WAR OFFICE (Sir Victor Warrender)

While my right hon. Friend has no definite statistics bearing on this point, he understands that an increasing number of employers throughout the country are encouraging their men to join the Territorial Army by ensuring that they are not penalised financially or otherwise, and that they are assisted to attend the annual camp of their unit. As my right hon. Friend explained to the House yesterday, the numbers required for the Territorial Army are still causing much concern, and he hopes that the example shown by some employers will be more widely adopted now that the needs are more fully appreciated.


Is the hon. Gentleman aware that Members of this House are organising a movement to boycott shopkeepers who do not encourage their employés to join the Territorials, and does he approve of such methods?

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