10. Mr. Dugdale
asked the Minister of Labour whether he is aware of the difficulties experienced by men awaiting call-up, owing to the fact that they are not informed immediately as to the actual date when they are expected to report for duty; what action he will take to remedy this; and whether he will make a statement.
§ Mr. Iain Macleod
In the closing stages of National Service delays in call-up cannot be avoided, but arrangements have recently been made so that a man can be given advance information when his medical examination and enlistment may be expected.
Is the right hon. Gentleman aware that a constituent of mine was registered as long ago as 14th June, 1958. He had his medical examination in December last year, but still has no information and cannot find out where he has to go and what he has to do.
§ Mr. Macleod
I shall be glad to look into that special case. It is bound to happen in the closing stages that some people become available more quickly than the Service requires them; this sort of difficulty is bound to arise. I have sent out further instructions, dated 29th June, which I hope will get over the sort of difficulty to which the right hon. Gentleman has called my attention.