HC Deb 31 May 1916 vol 82 c2734W

asked the President of the Local Government Board what steps it is proposed to take to secure the carrying out of the Military Service Acts by those men of military age who failed to register on the National Register and of whom no record is available and who cannot therefore be called up for service by the usual means?


The local authorities and the police are in co-operation with a view to arranging for visits to be made to people's houses in order to call for production of certificates of registration. If a man has not been registered he will be warned to get himself registered now or he will render himself liable to a fine. Leaflets drawing attention to the necessity of registration are also about to be distributed by the local authorities. These the rate collectors will leave at houses. The matter will be pressed upon employés by their employers. Employers are also now required to keep a register of the names and addresses of employés of military age, which is to be open for inspection by the military authorities or by the police. I may also refer to the provisions in the new Military Service Act requiring the production of a certificate of exemption on request. In these ways I think it would become increasingly difficult for a man to evade notice.