HC Deb 11 February 1942 vol 377 c1506
17. Mr. Dobbie

asked the Parliamentary Secretary to the Ministry of War Transport whether the position of railwaymen is safeguarded for reinstatement when they return to civilian life if such railwaymen have voluntarily joined the Armed Forces; and whether such employees' are in the same position for employment when the war is over as those who have been called to the Forces by Act of Parliament?

Mr. Noel-Baker

Yes, Sir. Men who have volunteered for service will be treated in the same way in this respect as men called up for service under the National Service Act, provided that the volunteers enlisted with the consent of the railway company concerned. The case of any man who enlisted without the permission of the company will be considered on its merits on the man's discharge.