HC Deb 18 April 1946 vol 421 cc2885-6
51. Mr. Hector Huģhes

asked the Minister of Labour if, in view of the proximity of the beginning of a new academic year, he will now extend the release from military forces to all students

Releases and Discharges from the Forces and Auxiliary and Nursing Services 1. Cumulative figures 18th June, 1945 to 31st March, 1946
Programme Releases and Discharges Excess (+) or Deficit(-) on Programme Programme Releases and Discharges Excess (+) or Deficit(-) on Programme
Royal Navy 344,000 359,700† + 15,700 42,840 42,110† - 730
Army 1,591,000 1,580,050 - 10,950 142,260 136,250 - 6,010
Royal Air Force. 468,850 482,390 + 13,540 91,020 91,260 + 240
Total 2,403,850 12,422,140 + 18,290 276,120 269,620 - 6,500

whose academic or professional careers have been interrupted by their call up.

The Parliamentary Secretary to the Ministry of Labour (Mr. Ness Edwards)

I regret that it is not possible to agree to my hon. Friend's suggestion.

Mr. Huģhes

Will the Minister do anything to help such persons as those mentioned in the Question to resume their interrupted careers?

Mr. Edwards

A Debate took place on this matter this week and I thought the information was available to the House.

Mr. Assheton

Would the Minister consider especially the case of women?

Mr. Edwards

Yes, Sir.