HC Deb 03 August 1944 vol 402 c1569
1. Mr. Mathers

asked the Minister of Labour whether he will allow to men who volunteered for air crew duties in the R.A.F. and are subsequently transferred to the Royal Navy or the Army, and to their employers the opportunities of appealing against posting.

The Minister of Labour (Mr. Ernest Bevin)

A man who has volunteered and has been accepted for air crew duties is a member of the Armed Forces, and has no appeal against transfer from one Service to another. The civilian work of some of these men is, however, of such importance that they would not have been called up under the National Service Acts, and before such a man is posted to the Navy or the Army his present employer is given an opportunity of making representations against his withdrawal from industry. Such representations are considered by the District Man-Power Board.

Mr. Mathers

Do I take it that that involves cases where men fail in their tests for air-crew duties?

Mr. Bevin

Volunteers for aircraft duties who fail in their training, do not form part of the transfer scheme.