HC Deb 21 December 1944 vol 406 cc1922-3
8. Mr. Bellenger

asked the Minister of Labour whether he is prepared to give priority release to political agents serving with the Forces, in anticipation of a general election.

Mr. Bevin

This question is under examination, and I am not at present in a position to make a statement.

Mr. Bellenger

Does that answer imply that my right hon. Friend is prepared to give sympathetic consideration to this class of individual serving in the Forces?

Mr. Bevin

I do not know about sympathy; I will try to deal with the matter practically.

Mr. Reakes

Will my right hon. Friend bear in mind that these people are learning some very valuable things while serving with His Majesty's Forces, and that premature release would interrupt their political education?