HC Deb 04 April 1940 vol 359 cc294-5
9. Mr. Wilson

asked the Minister of Labour in what cases and for whatpurposes persons are being requested to call at Employment Exchanges with their birth certificates and are there questioned as to their parentage, birthplace and office of registration, and why there is an examination of identity card; and whether it is intended that this practice is to be applied generally?

Mr. E. Brown

The inquiries and inspection of the documents mentioned are made in cases where it appears that men who may be liable under the National Service (Armed Forces) Act, 1939, to be called up for service have not registered or attended for medical examination as required, and the purpose is to determine whether or not they are, in fact, so liable. The practice is not applied generally but only in cases where liability under the Act is in question.