HC Deb 12 July 1915 vol 73 cc657-8W

asked the Under-Secretary of State for War if he will state what steps have been taken by the War Office to prevent the recruiting of men whose services are required for the production of munitions of war or who may be engaged in industries producing material required for the manufacture of munitions, or for the equipment of the Army and Navy, or who are in other industries rendering special services to the nation in connection with the prosecution of the War; and whether instructions have been issued to recruiting officers to avoid the withdrawal of men from all such industries?


All recruiting officers have in their possession lists of certain specified trades essential to the supply of munitions of war, and also lists of certain firms supplying the War Office and Admiralty with munitions or equipment. No man belonging to one of the trades or employed by any of the firms mentioned in these lists is allowed to be enlisted. Certain other occupations,e.g., railways, cable companies, essential to the nation are also closed to recruiting.