HC Deb 18 February 1942 vol 377 cc1801-2
61. Mr. Lipson

asked the Secretary of State for War whether he is aware that a number of students at Oxford University, who have voluntarily enlisted in the Forces and who have been informed that, if they did so, they would not be called up till after their final examinations in June, have now been told that their call-up will be at the end of the present term in April; and will he agree to a postponement of about two months to enable them to take their final examination, in view of the difference it would make to their careers?

Mr. Sandys

It has been agreed between the Ministry of Labour and National Service and the university authorities that an undergraduate who has been enlisted and relegated to the reserve will have his calling-up postponed until he has completed at least three academic terms at the university. Applications for postponement beyond this period in exceptional cases when students are on the point of taking important examinations should be submitted through the university authorities, and if sup ported by them will be sympathetically considered on the merits of each case.