HC Deb 10 May 1938 vol 335 cc1416-7
52. Mr. Sorensen

asked the Minister of Health whether his attention has been drawn to difficulties arising at mental hospitals through members of the staff joining or desiring to join the Supplementary Reserve of the Army; and whether, in view of the peculiar circumstances and needs of mental hospitals, he will consult with the Secretary of State for War and offer some guidance on the matter through the Board of Control?

Mr. Bernays

Yes, Sir. Consultations are already in progress, and the Board of Control will, I hope, shortly be in a position to offer some guidance on this matter.

Mr. Sorensen

Will that guidance deal with those men who have already enlisted in the Supplementary Reserve? I understand that a number of men have already enlisted, and are liable to be placed in a very difficult position in the event of war. Will the inquiries cover that question?

Mr. Bernays

I will consult with my right hon. Friend as to whether that point is being taken into consideration.