HC Deb 09 March 1916 vol 80 cc1732-3W

asked the Under-Secretary of State for War whether he is aware that, in spite of his letter of 3rd February, to the hon. Member for Gloucester (Thorn-bury), concerning Mr. E. S. Dickin, dentist, stating that the Southern Command would cancel the order calling hint up if his services were indispensable, and in spite of the Southern Command accordingly taking this course, and in spite of several further letters to the right hon. Gentleman, no discharge has been granted Mr. Dickin from the Officers' Training Corps which he joined and his professional services, which are badly needed for military cases, are still being lost; and will he direct his immediate discharge?


The statement in the latter part of the question that Mr. Dickin's service are badly needed for military cases is not, I find, correct, as the General Officer Commanding-in-Chief has reported that he has been able to make other arrangements for carrying on duties formerly performed by Mr. Dickin. Instructions were issued to the recruiting officer to postpone the calling up of Mr. Dickin for a further ten weeks, but before this instruction was received Mr. Dickin had of his own motion joined the Inns of Court Officers' Training Corps. As Mr. Dickin took this step voluntarily and as his professional services were not required I do not think there is any ground for taking any further action.