HC Deb 16 March 1944 vol 398 cc373-4
6. Lieut.-Colonel Dower

asked the Minister of Labour if he has any statement to make with regard to the prosecution of Bernard Bradley, of Leeds, a young man of 18 years of age, who has been sentenced to three months' imprisonment for refusing to work in the coalmines.

Mr. Bevin

I understand that in this case an appeal is pending, and I cannot, therefore, make any statement.

Lieut.-Colonel Dower

Is the right hon. Gentleman aware that this young man was a Home Guard, who volunteered for anti-aircraft duties, which any soldier would say was equivalent to regular service? Is it right that with these qualifications, he should be directed into the mines?

Mr. Bevin

I am afraid I cannot enter into discussion upon a case when it is going before the court.

7. Mr. Gledhill

asked the Minister of Labour whether a man who goes through the ballot and is not drawn for coalmining is affected by subsequent ballots.

Mr. Bevin

No, Sir. Such a man does not have to go through any further ballot.