HC Deb 02 April 1957 vol 568 cc220-1
25. Mr. G. Jeger

asked the Secretary of State for War whether he is now prepared to release all ex-miners who undertake to return to the coal industry.

Mr. John Hare:

No, Sir. There are already safeguards to prevent men actually working in the mines from being called into the Army against their will.

Mr. Jeger

Is the Minister not aware that many miners are anxious to go back to the mines now? Does not he agree that a willing miner is worth more to the country than an unwilling soldier?

Mr. Hare

Yes, but I think that the hon. Member knows that men who are employed in the mines are not called up against their will, but ex-miners—those who have left the pits—do not enjoy that immunity. If a man is in the Services he must complete the Regular engagement or period of National Service that he has undertaken.