HC Deb 01 May 1956 vol 552 cc200-1
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, 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.

Mr. Lee

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?

Mr. Macleod

No, not yet.