HC Deb 12 April 1945 vol 409 c1960
10. Mr. Ellis Smith

asked the Minister of Labour whether he is yet in a position to reduce the upper age limit for call-up to the Forces.

Mr. Bevin

Yes, Sir. In general, as from 1st May, I do not propose to call up any. more men born in 1914 or earlier, except in so far as they may be required to meet the demands of the Forces for tradesmen or specialists, or for other special reasons.

Commander Sir Archibald Southby

Since my right hon. Friend is not proposing to call up any more men in this particular category, will he take steps to effect the release of the older men, and substitute for them the younger men?

Mr. Speaker

That is another question altogether.

Sir Henry Morris-Jones

Could my right hon. Friend make a concession in regard to the women who are being conscripted at the present time?

Mr. Bevin

We have not called up any women for a considerable time.

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