HC Deb 04 May 1939 vol 346 c2068
64. Mr. Pilkington

asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether the guarantee to be given to Militiamen of jobs being kept open can be given to Territorials who are called up in case of emergency, since the fear of losing employment is holding back a considerable number of would-be volunteers; and also whether the same release can be given from mortgage repayments, etc., in similar circumstances?

Sir J. Simon

In reply to the first part of the question, I would refer my hon. Friend to Clause 2 of the Reserve and Auxiliary Forces Bill where provision is made for the reinstatement in civil employment of persons called out for service under the Bill. As regards the second part of the question, the Government will consider whether any special action in the direction suggested by my hon. Friend is called for in the case of men called up for training under the Military Training Bill or of Auxiliaries called out for service under the Reserve and Auxiliary Forces Bill.

Mr. Leslie

What is the guarantee worth if they can be taken back for a week or two and then dismissed on some excuse, as happened after the last War?

Sir J. Simon

That is a matter which I dare say will be considered in the forthcoming Debates.