§ 8. Mr. Lipson
asked the Minister of Labour if men released from the Army to the N.F.S., at the time of enemy air raids against this country and later recalled to the Army, can count their period of service with the N.F.S. under the demobilisation scheme.
§ Mr. Lipson
Does my right hon. Friend think it is quite fair to these men not to count that service, in view of the nature and quality of the service they gave?
§ Mr. Bowles
Is not the position that the Cabinet have not yet come to a conclusion about the matter?
§ Lieut.-Colonel Acland-Troyte
Many of these men volunteered before the war began. Will that be taken into consideration?
§ Major Sir Jocelyn Lucas
Will the right hon. Gentleman bear in mind that there were casualties of 2,000 killed and wounded in the National Fire Service in London alone, in 1940–41–more than in the "Ack-Ack"? Should that not be regarded as combatant service?
§ Mr. Bevin
The difficulty is that when you start measuring demobilisation on a comparison of casualties, it raises the question of the number of people who have been killed in homes and factories, and people who have been directed to other Government work. I cannot isolate the matter on that basis at all, and I would not like to express an opinion now.