38. Mr. Philips Price
asked the Minister of Labour how the call-up for National Service of science graduates and analogous classes in this country compares with the call-up of these classes in the United States of America, the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics, and France.
§ Mr. Iain Macleod
I am assembling such information as is available and will write to the hon. Member.
Mr. Philips Price
Will the Minister bear in mind and appreciate the importance of getting young scientists into their practical jobs as soon as possible, in order to strengthen the application of science to industry because of its importance to the national welfare generally, 201 without having their careers broken into by National Service?
§ Mr. Macleod
I am conscious of that need, but we must also not forget the demands on scientists and engineers which modern services and modern forces are bound to make.
While appreciating the Minister's reply, may I ask if he is in a position to answer a supplementary question asked recently about the use of personnel in the Services?