HC Deb 09 November 1939 vol 353 cc396-7
38. Mr. Glenvil Hall

asked the Home Secretary whether he is aware that middle-aged men who joined the Metropolitan Police War Reserve before war was declared and have since been called up for full-time duty have, in some cases, been dismissed by their employers and have thus lost not only their civilian employment but also many years' pension rights; and if he will consider extending to this and similar organisations the legislative protection against unfair dismissal now afforded men who join His Majesty's forces?

Sir J. Anderson

I am informed by the Commissioner of Police that out of more than 2,500 members of the Police War Reserve who have returned to civil life, only one has reported any difficulty of this kind. In this one case representations are being made to the employer concerned. Hitherto it has not been felt that there is a case for amending legislation, but the question will be further considered if need for such legislation should arise.

Mr. Hall

This is the case of a man who is still serving; and if I bring the details to the attention of the right hon. Gentleman will he be good enough to make representations?

Sir J. Anderson

I shall be much obliged to the hon. Member.