HC Deb 20 November 1945 vol 416 c217
34. Mr. Wilson Harris

asked the Minister of Labour when the release of 3,000 arts students under Class B was decided on; and what is the number of such releases so far.

Mr. Isaacs

The arrangements for the release of arts students in Class B were announced on 28th July. Up to 31st October, the number released under these arrangements was approximately 970.

Mr. Harris

Will the Minister say whether these releases show any signs of gathering speed?

Mr. Isaacs

Yes, Sir. During the last month there has been a considerable increase on these figures.

Mr. Bossom

Can the right hon. Gentleman say how many of these students were architectural students, and does he realise that this is a matter of great importance?

39. Brigadier Low

asked the Minister of Labour whether he is aware that there are a number of men who volunteered to join the Army at 18 or 19 years of age, have served for four and a half or five years and now wish to undergo training as medical students but are not eligible for Class B release; and whether he will alter the regulation so that these men, who have given their services voluntarily, should not now find themselves debarred from taking up their future career at once, whereas men who have done no service can claim deferment or exemption from service if they arc accepted for a degree course at a medical school.

Mr. Isaacs

I regret I am not prepared to extend the scheme of release of students in Class B in the manner suggested.