HC Deb 16 November 1916 vol 87 c1020W

asked the Financial Secretary to the War Office if he can state the instructions which have been issued by the War Office to the military representatives attending the tribunals under the Military Service Acts as to the calling up of men at present engaged in the mining industry?


Coal miners hold certificates of exemption issued by Special Colliery Recruiting Courts to men who entered employment in the mines up to the 24th June, 1916, and to men who have since that date been specially released for work in the mines from His Majesty's forces and from munition factories and from controlled establishments, and to youths who are miners as and when they attain military age. The recruiting officers have been instructed that men not properly exempted are to be called up for military service, and that the War Office should be informed of cases where certificates are issued by Colliery Recruiting Courts to men who do not fall within the above classes.