§ Captain Earl WINTERTON
asked the President of the Local Government Board if he is aware that, despite the issue of his recent memorandum urging local authorities to release their employés for war service, instances have occurred within the last few weeks where local authorities have refused to allow their employés to join the Army; and whether, when such cases are brought to his notice, he will publish the name of the authority in question, in order that the publicity may act as a deterrent to others?
§ Mr. HERBERT SAMUEL
I have no information of the improper refusal of local authorities to allow their employés to join the Army, but, if any such cases are brought to my notice, I shall be happy to make some inquiry into the allegation.
§ Earl WINTERTON
also asked the President of the Local Government Board if he can give an approximate estimate of the number of men of military age who are still employed by corporations, county boroughs, rural and urban district councils, and county councils in the British Isles, excluding those engaged in the collection and destruction of refuse, drainage, and water works, and other works essential to public health?