HC Deb 19 September 1950 vol 478 cc1689-90
8. Mr. Alport

asked the Minister of Labour what action has been taken to safeguard the civilian employment prospects of Reservists recalled to the Colours and of serving personnel retained beyond their period of engagement when the time comes for their release.

Mr. Isaacs

The question of conferring reinstatement rights on Reservists recalled to the Colours is under consideration. As regards the second part of the Question, all the measures which the Government are taking to assist members of the Regular Forces to secure suitable employment on their discharge will be available to assist the men the hon. Member has in mind.

Mr. Alport

Will the right hon. Gentleman ensure that these men receive specially sympathetic treatment from the point of view of age and superannuation liability if they apply for local government or Government employment on release?

Mr. Isaacs

Without being able to answer specifically for local government, I can say that a scheme for the reinstatement in employment of these men so far as Government service is concerned has special priority.

Major Legge-Bourke

Arising out of the first part of the original answer, is the Minister aware that there have been already some cases where complications have arisen under this heading, where young men have been called up and then immediately discharged owing to their being unfit? Will the Minister look into the matter and see that the number of cases is kept to a minimum?

Mr. Isaacs

I shall be glad to look into any special cases and to welcome any assistance we can secure to make the scheme work. There is an advisory council on the relationship between employment in the Services and in civil life. That council is giving us help, and any specific information available I shall be glad to receive.