§ 50. Mr. Ernest Davies
asked the Minister of Labour whether, in view of the institution after 3oth April of voluntary release in the N.F.S., he will now permit former N.F.S. personnel serving with the 573 Forces, to take service with the N.F.S. into account in calculating their age plus service group numbers.
§ Mr. Ernest Davies
Does my right hon. Friend fully appreciate the unfairness of the situation which has arisen, that men who served in the N.F.S. during the war and were called up for the Forces still have to serve whereas those not called up and who remained in the N.F.S. do not?
§ Mr. Isaacs
Any such extension given to men in the N.F.S. would have to be given to other persons similarly.
Would my right hon. Friend bear in mind that there is something almost approaching a precedent for what the hon. Member has asked, in that any members of the Armed Forces who did previous N.F.S. service and who were temporarily released in order to go back to the Fire Brigade during the blitz have had that period of temporary release counted towards their service?
§ Mr. Isaacs
That, with other considerations, has had repeated attention in this matter, but because of the difficult consequences that would ensue elsewhere, with problems arising, we do not think we can make any change.