HC Deb 18 December 1945 vol 417 c1107
89. Sir T. Moore

asked the Minister of Labour, in view of the shortage of trained accountants at present existing, whether he will extend to articled clerks, whose training was interrupted by military service, the same facilities for Class B release as have been granted to university students whose courses were interrupted.

Mr. Isaacs

No, Sir. I regret I cannot agree to this extension of releases in Class B.

Sir T. Moore

Could not the Minister say why there should be this discrimination against these young men?

Mr. Isaacs

There is no discrimination; there would be discrimination against others should we vary the scheme.

Mr. S. Silverman

Would the Minister bear in mind that, in some professions, this process of articled training takes the same place as a university course takes in other professions, and if, therefore, men are allowed to go back to the university courses, it amounts to discrimination if, in these cases, such as training for the law, where the articled course takes the place of a university course, the Minister does not allow it?

Mr. Isaacs

That is rather a lengthy question, but, speaking from memory, I think there is some question of difference in deferment, and so on, before they are called up.